Jitney

Jitneys_Scout

Jitney | Bygone Transportation | A taxi-like car service of the early 1900s that drove Vancouverites along fixed routes for a flat fare of a nickel — known colloquially as a “jitney”. There were over 600 licensed jitneys operating in the city at the height of the craze (1915). The popular mode of transit was eventually banned (1918) following a number of civic measures – eg. taxes, licensing fees – taken to impede or discourage their use. The ban not only robbed Vancouverites of a transit option, it also gave the 242 streetcars of the BC Electric Railway Co. a virtual monopoly on public transport.

Usage | “Jitneys were, like, the Uber of the past, man.”

fd950ba4-dad9-4a6d-85d4-26c5308da7b8-A61983 explore-the-lexicon

There are 0 comments

The Iconic Structure That Towers Over The Heart of Gastown

"If I could live anywhere I wanted in Vancouver, it would be in the Hotel Europe's second floor patio suite overlooking Gastown..."

The Wildly Successful Art Show We Wish Was Still Around

"The coolest thing about The Cheaper Show was the genuine thrill finding a piece of art that you loved that hadn't sold yet."

The Stretch of Road That Helps Feed Vancouver Every Day

"I wonder what will happen when the viaducts come down and Produce Row sees its traffic increased by a billion percent..."

Yes, That Is a Floating Gas Station in the Middle of Coal Harbour

"When I was a kid I thought the Chevron Barge was full of cigarettes because my Mom bought smokes at our corner Chevron..."