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A few more historical questions I have:

1) At the time of the boycott, Montgomery's bus lines (like many in the country) was operated by National City Lines, a private company. Public transportation was, then, still a profitable venture. Obviously, the boycott cost NCL quite a bit of money and forced them to end their racist practices...

2) ...but given that, how did the system's white patrons react? We know that white flight to the suburbs was, in many cases, a response to integration; but how did that play out specifically in Montgomery? Did the bus system switch from whites-only (due to blacks boycotting) to blacks-dominated (with whites refusing to use an integrated service) swiftly, or did the exodus take longer?

3) When did NCL exit the business in Montgomery, and a public authority take over? And what effect did that transition have on service levels and ridership?


What a disgrace, and sadly the issue of inadequate public transit in the USA is not just a Montgomery problem, but a nationwide problem.

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