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Janesville Transit System celebrates 125th anniversary

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Stan Stricker
July 21, 2011

Sunday is a big day for the Janesville Transit System.


Director Dave Mumma says a private company began service on July 24th, 1886. Mumma says the "Janesville Street Railway" placed its first horse-drawn streetcar on the rails at the Academy Street railroad crossing, near the site fo the present-day Burger King downtown. Horses gave way to electric streetcars to buses.


Following a referendum in 1952, the city took over the operation. As part of the celebration, Mumma is planning a "Customer Appreciation Day" Monday with free fares in the city.


The Rock County Historical Society's Helen Jeffris Wood Museum is also hosting an exhibit with artifacts, photos, and maps from over the years.



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