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Area Bus System Sees More Riders
January 29, 2008
According to this newspaper article, people boarded Kansas City buses at least 15 million times in 2007, up four percent from the previous year. A 35-year low was reached in 2004. "Across the state line,...
ATA Threatens To Slice Service
October 15, 2003
Both sides of the KCATA tax increase are working before the election of November 4, 2003. A 3/8-cent tax increase for five years is proposed. Opponents claim that the "KCATA has not been proactive in its...
Bus Jobs to 5 Negroes: New Policy at Public Service Company
First black drivers to be hired by the Kansas City Public Service Company, starting operating buses yesterday.
Bus, Tragic Bus
May 29-June 4, 2003
Article describes Kansas City filmmaker Ben Meade's latest documentary "Das Bus," an offbeat look at public transit in Kansas City. The film includes interviews with bus drivers, bus passengers, people...
Bus-ted: ATA Looks To Chop Service
July 23, 2003
The Kansas City Area Transit Authority is looking at budget cuts and less service. To make up for the short fall, bus routes will be cut. A fourth community meeting on the bus service was recently held...
October 26-November 1, 2006
Article profiling community activist Clay Chastain and his quest to bring a light rail transit system to Kansas City. Includes information about the Smart Moves regional transportation plan, under development...
Dealing with the Transportation of "Precious Cargo"
Discusses issues surrounding the transportation of children to area schools.
Doubts Surface about Existing Rails
June 4, 2007
Discussion about using existing rail lines between Kansas City and its suburbs and commuter trains or express buses as opposed to the light rail plan approved by voters. Includes map of possible commuter...
End of Electric Transit Era
January 4, 1959
Photo and caption about the end and history of the city's electric street cars, with history since 1884.
MAX Birthday Four Months Off
March 2, 2005
The new MAX rapid transit vechicles will have a blue and white color scheme. The "BRT" line, Bus Rapid Transit, comes to this area as the result of a $2,061,464 grant from the Federal Transit Administration....
New Bus Service Promises Rapid Without the Rail
July 23, 2005
A new bus service called the Metro Area Express, or MAX for short, began July 24, 2005. It's designed to run faster because it will run in a designated lane, have fewer stops, and is able to control red...
No. 1 Bus Driver Retires After 53 Years of Service
Story about Harry Edwards, who after 53 years of driving a bus, retires. His cap had a number one on it indicating his seniority among the drivers. He began driving street cars in 1916 and started for...
Open Bid for Bus Fare Hike
Notice of the increase in bus fare by the Kansas City Public Service Company from $0.20 in cash to $0.25 in tokens, among other changes designed to increase needed revenues.
Public Transit Has Taken Intriguing Forms
History of public transportation systems in Kansas City, including across hills steep enough to kill horses pulling street cars over them.
The Future of Greater Kansas City Transit
May 1, 2015
Article summarizes the goals of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Transportation Authority Joe Reardon. Reardon, former Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County...
The Passing Street Car
October 29, 1956
30 years ago Kansas City had 800 street cars. Next July it will have none.. .After the war, the Brooklyn and Woodland lines and others were given over to tires instead of tracks. Recently the transition...
Tragedy, Trauma in Liberty
May 10, 2005
Coverage of a May 9, 2005 school bus crash in Liberty, Missouri, which killed two adults and injured 23 children, two critically. The collision took place at about 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of Missouri...
Transportation Kansas City
A collection of 90 pages of photocopied newspaper articles from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times centered on the history of the different types of street cars in Kansas City, the end of streetcar...
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