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Harold S Buttenheim
John a Miller
Theodore S Case
A Dose of Rail Transit Reality for KC
January 11, 2011
A $1.8 million federal grant awarded in December to Jackson County included $540,000 to study a two-mile streetcar line from Crown Center to the River Market. The "streetcar system could be built for as...
December 6-12, 2012
Article describes controversial issues surrounding the downtown streetcar plan that was passed by the City Council and became the subject of a special election in 2012. The origin of the plan is traced...
Building Good Employee Relations in Kansas City
Article explaining the organization of management of the Kansas City Railways company, especially pertaining to maintaining employee satisfaction, with flow charts and graphs.
Cable Cars in Kansas City
A 10 page typewritten paper on the history of cable cars in Kansas City from their introduction in 1885 to discontinuation in 1913, with details about their construction and operation as early streetcars....
City Transit Summed Up: New Traffic Signals in Kansas City, Mo. [and] Which Sells Better--Don't Walk or Wait?
Photos and articles about the new traffic signals in Downtown Kansas City for improved safety and transportation of pedestrians competing with automobiles and streetcars, especially at the following intersections:...
Electric Railway Trainman
Third volume of the magazine (formerly called the National Motorman and Conductor in the first two volumes) with photos, illustrations, and information on the Kansas City street railways and their operators,...
Electric Transit Era Near End
World's first electric trolley car invented and operated in Kansas City by John C. Henry in 1885, replacing non-electric trolleys by 1913 and quitting themselves in 1959.First application of the word,...
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.
Era of Street Car Draws Near Its Close
Article about the end of Kansas City's street car transportation.
Handling Doubled Traffic with Dispatch
Article about the management of heavy traffic in such large crowds as the American Legion Convention at the Liberty Memorial in 1921, with photos.
Heartland Traction: The Interurban Lines of Kansas City
This book contains information concerning the interurban railway lines in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Included are: Kansas City, Leavenworth & Western (the Leavenworth Line); Kansas City, Lawrence...
History of Kansas City, Missouri
Chapter about Kansas City's street railway system and various street railway companies, with photos of prominent people in the system.
Hobbyists Travel Far to Take Last Street Car
Article about the photograph-heavy visitation by the Central Electric Railfans association from Chicago of the last street car rides in Kansas City.
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...
In Kansas City This Week
Listings of street car routes in the periodical starting with the February 7-13 issue.
Interurban to Westport
Article about the history of horse and mule-drawn street cars and other early "communications between Westport and its port city of Kansas City, four miles away," starting in 1850, including the Kansas...
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 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 Reorganizes Distribution System
Article with map, tables, and diagrams showing the reorganization plan for street car transportation routes in the city.
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