It may seem hard to believe, but in the first half of the last century there was an interurban electric railway empire that covered much of the Niagara Peninsula. Here is a mural commemorating the trolley that brought passengers from Toronto to the Welland County Fair.
By the 1930s the trolleys were in serious decline, partly due to the Depression,
but also to the rise of the automobile (which has not abated)
My father used to be a driver on these trolleys before it was discontinued in 1960.