KANSAS CITY TRANSIT

EARLY STREET RAILWAY COMPANIES

Several street railway companies were eventually consolidated into a single streetcar system in Kansas City.


Corrigan Consolidated Street Railway - sold 1886 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

East Side Electric Railway - incorporated 1897, sold 1901 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Grand Avenue Railway Co. - incorporated 1886, sold 1895 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kansas City Cable Railway - incorporated 1883, sold 1895 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kansas City Elevated Railway - successor to Interstate Consolidated Rapid Transit Railway, sold 1894 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kansas City & Independence Rapid Transit Railway - sold 1895 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kansas City & Rosedale Street Railway - sold 1886 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kansas City Traction Co. - sold 1895 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Kensington Railway - operated by Kansas City Elevated Railway, sold 1894 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Park Connecting Railway - incorporated 1898, sold 1898 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

North East Street Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, sold 1896 to Northeast Electric Railway, sold 1899 to Central Electric Railway of Kansas City, sold 1899 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Peoples Cable Railway - incorporated 1887, sold 1896 to Brooklyn Avenue Railroad, sold 1899 to Central Electric Railway of Kansas City, sold 1899 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Vine Street Motor Line - sold 1892 to South Suburban Railway Co., sold 1894 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

West Side Railroad - sold 1895 to Metropolitan Street Railway Co.

Interurban Southside Railway Co. - sold 1905 to Kansas City Railway & Light Co.

Kansas City & Southeastern Railroad Co. - incorporated 1886, sold 1897 to Kansas City & Westport Belt Railway, sold 1898 to Kansas City Interurban Railway, sold 1916 to Kansas City Railway Co.

Westport & Waldo Railway - incorporated 1894, sold 1898 to Kansas City Interurban Railway, sold 1916 to Kansas City Railway Co.

Kansas City & Eastern Railway - sold 1898 to Kansas City Interurban Railway, sold 1916 to Kansas City Railway Co.


The first attempt at consolidation of the street railways in Kansas City was in 1894, when the Grand Avenue Railway Co., the Kansas City Cable Railway, and the Kansas City & Independence Rapid Transit Railway merged into the Kansas City Railway. But in 1895, that merger was declared illegal.

The Metropolitan Street Railway Co. was incorporated in 1886, and was the first company to successfully consolidate the street railway companies in Kansas City, mostly in the few years after 1895. In 1903, the Metropolian Street Railway Co. was sold to Kansas City Railway & Light Co., in 1914 sold to Kansas City Railway Co., and in 1925 sold to Kansas City Public Service Co. In 1960, the system was sold to Kansas City Transit, which operated the system until the public takeover in 1969.


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