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Fred Lynch

Final bus service 1969

Posted Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:00 AM

This bus made a last run in Cape Girardeau in 1969 at Broadway and Main Street. Cape Transit Co. took its buses off Cape Girardeau streets in mid-1969 because of lack of passengers, the same reason street cars stopped running here. Bus service began in 1941 and ended May 31, 1969. (Southeast Missourian archive)

This previous blog has a picture of a Smelterville transit bus stopped at Broadway and Lorimier Street.

This previous blog has picture of the bus garage at 425 Good Hope St.

This previous blog has a picture of a trolley car operating at Broadway and Main.


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  • Odd that if a lack of rideship spelled the end of trolley operations in Cape that buses could continue successfully in the same capacity for another 28 years before they, too, succumbed.

    From 1936 to 1950, a consortium of companies that included General Motors, Standard Oil of California, and Firestone Tire, as well as others, bought over 100 electric street car lines across the country with the intent of converting these lines into bus routes. These coversions gave the investing companies vast new outlets for their vechicle, fuel, and tire sales.

    In 1947, nine corporations and seven individuals were indicted in Federal court of conspiracy to form a transportation monopoly. Two years later, GM was convicted on one count and fined $5,000. The only individual convicted was the treasurer of GM. He was fined one dollar.

    -- Posted by criticaldiscerner on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 9:39 AM