Moving thousands of war plant workers
Almost overnight, a massive World War II defense plant arose in the cornfields just west of Illiopolis.
However, officials still had to deal with a critically important question: How would thousands of workers get to and from the plant each day?
Many workers did not own automobiles. Besides, the nationwide gasoline rationing that would take effect on Dec. 1, 1942, would complicate auto commuting. Furthermore, the two-lane roads simply could not handle all the traffic. As for buses, they could carry only a fraction of those who needed rides.