Yes, the Plant Investment Company ultimately bought out the early companies which included: The Main Street Railway (originally narrow gauge PINE STREET RY) which they rebuilt to standard gauge per a city ordinance. They built The Jacksonville Street Railway, and bought up the Jacksonville and LaVilla Street Railway. Shortly after Henry Bradley Plant's death, the company was sold to "The Atlantic Coast Line of Railroads," which was a bakers dozen of shoreline and regional railroads which merged to form 'The Atlantic Coast Line.' Plant brought in the first electric streetcars along with his ownership of the Jacksonville Electric Company (both light and power as well as a street railway name: Jacksonville Electric Railway).
1912, was the year the consolidated lines of the Jacksonville Electric Railway. The consolidation also included 'The North Jacksonville Street Railway Town and Improvement Company.
Being black history month, lets just say that the North Jacksonville line made the national press, the Street Railway Journal and the Evening Journal in NYC. (The ordinances were pushed on the city by The Avery Law, resulting from several court cases)
The streetcar companies were also opposed to the segregation laws on both moral and economic grounds. Mayor Nolan, who had defended his lax enforcement of the local ordinance , was elected to a second term of office. While white company owners resented the segregation regulations.
The North Jacksonville Street Railway company, which prided itself on only having African American motormen and conductors. The Street Railway Journal and Railway Age carried stories on "The Truly First Class Electric Railway, owned by Negroes. By 1903, the line had gained a mythical status; the Eve Journal of New York reported that â€œThe Negroes of Jacksonville believe in self helpâ€ and had demonstrated this by putting their money together and building a street railway of their own in which â€œthere is not a white man in the companyâ€ but which permitted whites to ride. Regardless of the eventual takeover, the temporary existence of an African American- owned streetcar company bolstered the belief that segregation could not be foisted upon the community. It also reveals the existence of an affluent African American community that could directly challenge white dominance. The company was founded by African American businessman in the wake of the 1901 boycott and bought out in 1905.
We live in what has to be one of the most accepting and welcoming cities in history. The story of the streetcar companies, the boycotts, and the court cases paint an image of Jacksonville in 1900-20 of a city every bit the equal of today's San Francisco. African American candidates served on the city council, and in fact the Sheriff was Black. As the streetcar segregation controversy continued to be tried in courts, Jacksonville was electing Black city councilmen! Negroes were elected from the sixth ward to city council, which had no candidates for the Democratic primary and the lowest number of white voters. In this ward six African American candidates competed and J. Douglas Wetmore, who would soon challenge the state's new law on streetcar segregation, was among the winners.
African Americans in Jacksonville held every political office except mayor. Both disenfranchisement and the streetcar segregation ordinance were central issues in the June 1905 election.
Simply put, The Jacksonville Traction Company bought out the Jacksonville Electric Railway and created the largest streetcar system south of Atlanta or east of New Orleans.