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John a Miller
Kansas City Public Ser...
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 Grant Accepted: Stage All Set to Begin Operations in Kansas City with 60-Car Fleet--Negotiations Ended
Discussion about plans for a fleet of 60 buses complete with modern garage to be operational in July of 1925.
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...
Buses to Compete with Private Automobiles in Kansas City
Drawings, map, and discussions about bus routes and their mechanical safety devices.
Cable Cars--An Adventure: City's Early Day Transit Line Ran along Old 'Ninth Street' Incline
History of street cars in its changing forms from the "abortive attempt. ..in 1860 to start a street railway" drawn by horses, to cable cars, electric cable cars, and finally buses.
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.
From "Hay-Burner" to Streamliner
History with illustrations of the public transportation system, since 1869, from "horse car" lines to street cars and trolley buses to motor buses, located at 728 Delaware Street.
How Mass Transportation Is Conducted in Greater Kansas City: The "Heart of America"
Extensive article about the corresponding growth of Kansas City and its public transportation system, starting in 1869 with mule-drawn cars up to the Kansas City Public Service Company's streetcars and...
Jitney Transportation Company
Folder includes the Kansas City Jitney Transportation Company published schedule for the week ending Feb.6, n.d. The publication contains many advertisements dealing with automobile needs and accessories....
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Photos, maps, and information on the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, a metropolitan system of buses for public transportation.
Kansas City Builds for the Future: Twenty Years Experience Proves Desirability of Employe [sic] Representation Plan, Originated in Kansas City. ..
Article about the refinancing of the Kansas City Public Service Company, making its transition from streetcars to "trackless trolleys," or buses, through public bonds. History of the public transportation...
Kansas City Enlarges Its Bus System
Article about the expansion of buses in the Kansas City Public Service Company's fleet to "present an effective means of building up patronage," with photos of the storage and repair garages for them.
Kansas City Has Had Transit System since the Civil War
History of the public transit systems of the city since the Civil War, including mule cars, cable cars, trolleys, electric street cars, and even subways (on 8th Street under the bluff, closed in the 1920s)...
Kansas City Mass Transit
File contains clippings, brochures, newsletters, etc. about Kansas City public transportation.
Kansas City Transportation Guide
Brochure describing the public transportation system in Kansas City. One side is a street map showing the bus and street car routes, and including an index to points of interest. Reverse side contains...
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