You know, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea if General Motors did go out of business.
What has the destruction of the nation's street car system cost the country? A trillion dollars? Ten trillion dollars?
You'd have to add up all the oil consumed that didn't have to be, all the environmental diseases that didn't need to happen, and all the economic constraints on poor and low income people that didn't need to be. Then there are the quality of life issues which are incalculable.
Go to super-prosperous cities like Basel and Zurich in Switzerland and you'll see they excellent street car systems - just like we used to have in the US.