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  Bus System Started
Category:  Transportation and Infrastructure
Brief Description:  An omnibus line was started by Erastus Wells and Calvin Case using horse-drawn cars. The line started at Third and Market Streets and ran to the north side ferry landing at Madison Street. After five years of operation, Wells and four other operators had 17 buses going on 200 daily trips, carrying 3,840 people at 5 cents per ride. All five operators combined to make $67,000 annually. Eventually, Erastus Wells and Calvin Case led an investment group that bought the other lines, giving Case and Company the first citywide transit monopoly.
Year:  1843
Decade:  1840 - 1849
Beginning Date:    1843
Ending Date:    1843



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