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Vol. 7 No.

1 OAKLAND, MAY 1964

Research on Bus-rail State Policy Rules


Service to Aid Joint Transit Coordination
AC/BARTD Operation 'Absolute Necessity'
Pushing ahead to achieve full coordi- Development of a fully balanced trans-
nation of AC Transit service with the portation system in all of California by
forthcoming rapid transit rail system, the year 1985 is a prime, basic objective
AC directors this month authorized on- of the State government.
the-spot evaluation of similar joint serv- Robert B. Bradford, administrator of
ices already operating in this country and the mammoth State Highway Transpor-
in Canada. tation Agency, told a recent meeting of
A fact-finding team of district person- transit officials that within the next two
nel will study integrated transit systems decades it is an
of several other cities to develop guide "absolute must that
lines and a set of principles to be fol- adequate transpor-
lowed in coordinating service with the tation be achieved
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit for people and
District. goods - with the
Specifically, the following areas of public getting some
jointly operated service will be studied: freedom of choice."
1- Joint financial and operating agree- Some 18,000,000
ments for provision of feeder bus service people now live
to rapid transit stations. in California, he R. B. Bradford
2 - Level of feeder services during noted. Within 20
peak, midday and evening hours, includ- years there will be twice as many.
ing service frequency. The State's economic progress is tied
3 - Joint fares and transfer arrange- in directly with transportation facilities ,
ments, plus new methods of fare collec- he warned, adding that all forms of
tion applicable to both train and bus transportation must join together in ul-
equipment. timately providing a balanced transpor-
4 - Detailed statistical information re- tation system.
lating to passengers, revenues and oper- "No one form of transportation will
ating costs. bring the solution itself," he declared.
The study group, to be appointed by For example, an average of only 1.5 oc-
General Manager K. F. Hensel, will cupants travel in autos, and this is "too
evaluate service coordination in such few occupants."
cities as Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, "The two main ingredients to solve the
Chicago and Montreal. transportation problem are courage and
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Line Changes Planned to Boost Efficiency
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A general "tailoring" of service has Line 83 (7th St.) - Operation of a 20 Coach and Driver TransEormed to Take
been authorized by district directors minute frequency instead of 10 minutes
to make better use of equipment, save between downtown Oakland and 7th Piedmont Clu~ to Garden Show Preview
expenses where the level of service is and Pine Sts . at nights and Sundays. The district went "top hat" - with Mrs. David Bardin in Piedmont to the
no longer warranted, and provide for Line 88 (Market-12th St.) - A 30 min- pleasant results - when it decided to Exposition Building.
continued expanded operations where ute frequency instead of 20 minutes dur- match its service with the social impor- Guests filed out from the party to dis-
needed. ing late night hours. tance of preview night at the California cover operator R. H . Alcock decked out
Service adjustments to keep pace with Spring Garden Show, held annually in in full formal attire, complete to white
new freeway construction and with shifts Changes to take effect June 8 include : Oakland. tie, tails, top hat, white gloves, and even
in population and service usage include Lines 18, 60 and 77 - Operating most Both the driver and the bus were more elegant than the men guests, who
changes in operating frequency, re-rout- trips from Snake Rd. and Piedmont Pines transformed for the occasion, surprising were in "black tie."
ing and line consolidation. routes via Line 18 route to provide di- members of the Bonita Garden Club who The bus also had a "garden-like" air
All express buses on Line N were re- rect, faster service to downtown Oak- had chartered a coach to take them from of its own, with a bower of carnations
routed on to the new extension of Mac- land. Travel time from Moraga Ave. and a dinner party at the home of Mr. and and greens framing the doorway. The
Arthur Freeway after it was opened, Medau PI. in Montclair to 14th St. and framework, executed with precision by
sharply cutting transoay travel time to Broadway will take an average 25 min- ENTREZ-VOUS - Operator R. H. Alcock, the district's building maintenance de-
San Francisco for commuters in East utes. Line 60-Broadway Terrace will op- elegant in full formal attire, assists Mrs. partment, fitted around the doorway to
Oakland and San Leandro. erate separately in keeping with passen- David Bardin aboard an AC Transit bus make a "grand entryway" for the riders.
ger traffic. - transformed with flowers for the Gar- As a final touch, carnatiori scent was
Time Reduction
Line 17 (Alcatraz) - Present basic serv- den Show Preview. Mr. Bardin and Mrs. sprayed inside the coach.
Between 7 and 10 minutes are saved Theodore Hunt also were among mem-
by present running schedules, resulting ice routing to operate throughout day, Alcock, who stood by at the garden
but eliminating peak hour extensions. bers of Bonita Garden Club which char- show to return the members to the Bar-
in a time reduction for some commuters tered bus for preview event.
of about 33 per cent. Line 93 (Hesperian)- Reduction of fre- din home, found he was something of an
quency to 45 minutes instead of 30 min- attraction on his own-and with a need to
An extra bus was added to morning
utes during midday hours and on Satur- tactfully convince other would-be pas-
schedules and two buses to evening
day between San Lorenzo and Bay Fair sengers that the bus was not in regular
service, to handle a boost in passengers.
shopping center. Discontinuance of serv- service. And also, that top hat and tails
Buses on Line 34 - MacArthur Express were NOT the new district uniform.
will be routed over MacArthur Freeway ice between the shopping center and east
during a portion of the peak commute end of line at 150th Ave. and Foothill
hours starting June 8. Blvd. during midday hours between ap- Evaluation of Coordinated
proximately 9 a.m. and 2 p .m . Monday Transit Systems Authorized
Six trips on the MacArthur Express through Friday and all day Saturday.
originating in San Leandro will enter the (Continued from Page 1)
freew~y at High St. for a non-stop run to Line 69 (EI Sobrante) - Operation of 30 Hensel said results of the study will
Lakeshore Ave. Travel time to downtown minute basic frequency instead of 20 be of particular benefit in the near future
Oakland will be cut by l1s much as 10 minute frequency during week day mid- when directors of the district will be
minutes. Alternate trips on the line, how- day hours. faced with decisions having far reaching
ever, will continue to travel via Mac- Line 72 (San Pablo Ave.) - Operation effect not only on residents of the area
Arthur Blvd. instead of the Freeway. of basic 10 minute frequency instead of but on the eventual role the district will
8 minutes during midday hours and Sat- fulfill in providing transit service.
Other service adjustments, scheduled
urdays. Staff members from the district and
to take effect June 7, include:
Express Lines 30 and 32 - Basic 45 BARTD have been meeting since last fall
Line A (12th St.) - Twenty minute day- to begin developing a program of co-
minute frequency instead of 30 minute
time frequency on Sunday instead of frequency during midday hours. All ordinated rail and bus service in the East
present 15 minutes. buses on Line 32 will operate to Fairway Bay. Results of the new studies also are
Line 56 (Seminary-90th Ave.) - Hourly Park during the middle of the day, pro- expected to be of great help in similar
service instead of a 30 minute frequency viding the area with 45 minute service future meetings between :the two agen-
on nights and Sundays. instead of the present hourly service. cies, Hensel said.
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AC Transit is proud to reprint below a few of the many letters of commendation
received during the month - letters unsolicited from residents of the East Bay who
are owners of the transit system. Letters were selected at random to represent the
quality of courtesy, service and safety demonstrated by AC personnel in their most
important relationship with our customers.

Please excuse my long and overdue but never have the time to write and tell
sincere thanks to you (K. E. DAVIS) for you how they feel .. . One of your driv-
turning in my black bag to the Oakland ers (M. E. ORONA) stands out above all
lost and found department . . . you'll the rest . . . he always has a smile for
never realize my gratitude to you. Besides everyone and always seems to be happy
necessary traveling articles, there was a .. . He is very considerate of all the pas-
pin and a pair of pearls that could never sengers and tries to please everyone. He
have been replaced .. . is a very careful and good driver. He TOP DIVISION - Division superintendent N. P. Alevizos, in chef's uniform, does the
Aline Christalos is appreciated very much by his passen- "coffee and doughnuts" honors for drivers at Richmond who topped safety goal rec·
Chicago, Ill. gers. He is a bright spot at the end of the ord four months in a row. Safety Instructor Lloyd Weems, standing, adds his con·
* * * day. Gail Sobbe gratulations to, left to right, o. C. Stalker, R. E. Peacock, Harvey Jackson and Bessie
Words of praise are certainly due to Oakland Hanson, who were among the division's 186 drivers being honored.
(LAURA LEE RIKLI) . . . I have noticed * * *
how courteous, friendly and helpful she He was an exceptionally efficient
is to all-young and old. She always calls and courteous man (H. J. HUNZIKER) Richmond Drivers Hit All-Time Safety High
out, clearly, the requested street stops and one of the best I have encountered
Boosted by a record-breaking 15,293 which won them coffee and doughnuts,
and reminds those riders; waits patiently in many years. He rendered service to all
miles per accident, tallied by operators served in person by N. P. Alevizos, divi-
for the crippled and infirm; is courteous who entered his bus in a most outstand-
and helpful in answering questions and at the Richmond Division, the transit sion superintendent.
ing manner . .. he is an excellent model
giving directions or advice . . . district hit a new high of its own in April Richmond operators had a score of
for all bus drivers, both for service and
Mrs. Elizabeth Kluber personality. Mrs. Carolyn Dobbs - the best safety average yet. 13,281 miles per accident in January;
San Francisco Berkeley Miles per accident averaged at the 14,530 - a new record - in February;
* * * three division was 13,428 - highest total 13,872 in March and 15,293 in April.
* * * since this method of record keeping was
I wish to commend BILL PARSONS who The operator (D. W. BOOKER) was A reduction in accidents, noticeable at
was very kind and helpful to me today. most courteous to an elderly, hard of instituted in November, 1961. The cur- all of the divisions, gave the district last
I am an elderly lady in a new neighbor- hearing woman, accompanied by a little rent goal is 12,450 miles per accident. year its best annual safety record to date.
hood desiring to learn which bus I should girl. This act is deserving of others know- Bus drivers at Richmond could wear During the year, Emeryville division op-
take to get to and from my church. Mr. ing it. an especially pleased look as the result of erators achieved an impressive record by
Parsons gave me all the information and Mrs. Annie Lee Hart their individual tally-the top for any beating the safety goal nine times during
I am very grateful to him. Oakland division in the same period of time. The the 12-month period.
Mrs. Mildred Grant * * * division's 186 drivers drove 382,329 miles
Berkeley I'd like to compliment driver (A. S. during the month.
More Information
* * * DONAVILLE) . .. he handles the coach Seminary division operators added to
. . . I don't know how often it is that with intelligence and caution . . . the the average by topping their safety goal A note or phone call to the transit dis-
someone writes to tell you of the fine same courtesy he shows to others drivers with a figure of 14,450 miles per accident. trict-654-7878-will place your name on
service that your company gives. It may and gives to the passengers .. . For Richmond, it was the fourth month the mailing list for Transit Times if you
be often or seldom. Many people are Paul Magilligan in a row that drivers beat their goal in are not already regularly receiving a
probably very satisfied with the service, Berkeley no uncertain style, setting up scores copy of the monthly newsletter.
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TRANSIT DELUXE - Rare
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sengers at Southern AC / transit PASSENGER REVENUE ... COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS YEAR
Pacific crossing in Rich- 1180 .000
mond, before subway
1.160 .000
was built at Macdonald
Ave. in 1908. Other car, 1,140,000
below, was first used in 1.120.000
movies.
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Famous Cars, too 960,000 Y
-1964
A chance discovery has brought 940,000
to light two rare photographs of
920,000
- 1963
early trolley cars which enjoyed
"high flying" and famous days be- 900,000 1962
fore they settled to the straight 880 ,000
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The photos, apparently taken in 1906, also one of the first to have air brakes. <I: ...,
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show the cars after they arrived in Rich- After they entered the Key Route fold
mond to give substance to the East Shore in 1911, they were numbered 422 and 425
and Suburban Railway. and were used on East Bay lines until
The pictures were found by Thomas scrapped in the 1930's. Operating results presented a favorable picture in MARCH
J. Ryan, president of the Richmond Mu- The other picture is of Car No. 50, March, with passenger revenue totaling $1,082,728, an PASSENGERS
seum and a maritime enthusiast, while built about the same time, which enjoyed increase of $40,997 or 3.9 per cent over the same month
a different type of fame. One of seven of in 1963. Transbay revenue accounted for most of the Percentage Change
he was searching for photos of early
increase, reaching $415,915 for the month, an 8.9 per from Previous Yea r
ships. They were among a dozen or so the "Los Angeles standard type" cars
cent boost over March of 1963.
taken at the time of 1906 earthquake. purchased for Richmond, this was the Transbay commute book sales also were up for a lO%I--------.
One shows Car No. 53 at the Southern car used in "Keystone Cops" movies - total of $181,576, compared to sales of $171,381 for the
Pacific crossing on Macdonald Ave. be- and it still rocks along now and then on same period a year ago. This was an increase of nearly +8%
fore the subway under the tracks was old TV comedy revivals. 6 per cent. +6%1------ -1
built in 1908. At this point, riders got These cars arrived in Richmond, look- Department store sales in Oakland, boosted by Eas-
out, looked up and down the tracks, ing like dark red "woven baskets," with ter week, also showed an increase of 2 per cent for the +4%.1 - - - - - - - - - 1
crossed over and embarked again. open-air seats, but were soon closed in four weeks ending March 28. +2%,1--------1
Car No. 53 and a sister car, only ones because of "weather conditions." Later The number of passengers carried in March came to
of their type, were purchased for the re-numbered 411 to 416, they still may be 4,495,871. Nationally, the transit industry showed a
remembered as the "Dinkey" - the 40th decrease in passengers of almost 4 per cent for the -2%1-----=---,---------1
Eastshore and Suburban Railway in
month.
Richmond after an illustrious period car- St. traction car which ran from Piedmont , -4%1~-----------1
AC Transit's total revenue for March was $1,289,262
rying visitors to the Louisiana Purchase Station to San Pablo Station and to Ward and was sufficient to cover operating expenses of
Exposition in St. Louis in 1904. Built for and Adeline Sts. in Berkeley. Women -6%1------------1
$1,l05,014, plus equipment renewal and bond debt
the fair as the most elegant transporta- also would remember them as the "cars service. Costs of operations for the month were up -8%1------------~

tion of the day, the cars were well de- with the high steps," much protested dur- 4.24 per cent. The district operated 1,958,398 miles of
signed, featuring window posts with bev- ing tight skirt days. They also met the scheduled service, an increase of 2.8 per cent over - ACTRANSIT
eled mirrors and special seats. They were scrapper's torch in the 1930's. March, 1963. ;,;,;,;,;,;,;,;,;,;,;,;l U. S. TRANSIT INDUSTRY

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At an adjourned regular meeting April
29, 1964, the Board of Directors: TRANSIT TIMES
Published monthly by the
• Authorized General Manager to be ALAMEDA-CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT DISTRICT
absent from meeting of board May 27 Latham Square Bui lding • 508 Sixteenth Street
Oak land, Cal iforn ia 94612 • Telephone 654·7878
to attend transportation conference at
Stanford Research Institute, on motion BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROBERT M. COPELAND • • President
of Director Warren. Director at Large
WILLIAM H. COBURN, JR. Vice President
• Approved assignment to Metrome- Word I
RAY H. RINEHART Director at Large
dia of transit advertising agreement with W ILLIAM E. BERK • Ward II
Fielder, Sorensen & Davis upon merger JOHN McDONNELL • Ward III
WM. J. BETIENCOURT • Ward IV
of the two nrms, on motion of Vice Presi- E. GUY WARREN • Ward V
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS
dent Coburn. KENNETH F. HENSEL • General Manager
ROBERT E. NISBET . • • Attorney
* * * JOHN F. LARSON
GEORGE M. TAYLOR .
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Treasurer·Controlier
• • Secretory
At the regular meeting, May, 13, 1964, ALAN L. BINGHAM • Public Information Manager

the Board of Directors: ~-----------~9


• Authorized staff technicians to con- • Ratified program of partial self-in-
duct on-the-spot investigation of transit surance, establishment of claims reserve
systems now operating integrated bus fund and personnel practices for em-
and rail service, on motion of Director ployees of claims department, on motion
Bettencourt. of Director vVarren.

Exclusive Freeway Bus Lanes Under Study


(Continued from Page 1) buses, though I don't know if we can ever
a spirit of cooperation," Bradford said. work this out."
He noted that the State already is co- He cited difficulties in determining a
operating with the San Francisco Bay suitable location to experiment with ex-
Area Rapid Transit District in providing clusive bus lanes and also reviewed op-
bridge toll revenues for the construction erating problems such as whether inside
of a $133,000,000 rapid transit tube be- or outside freeway lanes should be used.
neath San Francisco Bay. But the official said he will continue
Bradford, whose administrative juris- discussions on the feasibility of exclusive
diction includes the State Department of bus lanes with the Federal government
Public Works as well as the State Divi- which provides a sizeable portion of free-
sion of Bay Toll Crossings, went on to way construction funds.
say: Bradford spoke in Los Angeles at a
"We also are concerned with provid- regional meeting of the American Transit
ing special lanes on freeways for express Association.

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