Thursday, May 5, 2016

Back on track, part 2

New streetcars generated excitement in 1927.

Almost 89 years ago, a fleet of modernized streetcars starred in a weekend parade over downtown tracks in what was then a 315-mile, bistate system.

In a similar debut tomorrow – Friday, May 6, 2016 – streetcar service will return to Kansas City for the first time in 58 years, 10 months and 10 days. There's a pretty good chance someone who boards one of the sleek, contemporary vehicles on this opening weekend will remember riding an older model of the kind that stopped running on Sunday, June 27, 1957.

To hail the new and honor the old, here's a link to December 2012, posted soon after voters approved construction of this two-mile starter line.

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