Industry Overviews



Transportation


Kansas City has a long history with the transportation industry. From its very beginnings, the city was the last supply port for settlers heading west. Later, it became the site of the first railroad to cross the Missouri river as the Hannibal Bridge opened in 1869. This made Kansas City a major rail center, and it remains the second largest rail hub in the U.S. today, behind Chicago.


The transportation industry currently employs about 53,000 workers in the Kansas City region.


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