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Transit Ti1nes

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• • BERKELEY, JUNE, 1958

Future Transit
A Strike Ends Needs Are Cited
T he contract settlement recently con- Public transit is essent ial to the eco-
cluded by Key System and members of nomic and social well-being of Alameda
the Cannen's Union was, indeed, just and Contra Costa counties, and must be
reason for a full sense of relief registered developed to the degree it is attractive
by East Bay citizenry, both in the inter- enough to induce people to leave their
ests of the convenience of the riding pub- cars at home.
lic and the prevent ion of further eco- This is the considered opinion of
nomic hardship to business and industry. Charles De Leuw, prominent transit en-
Yet the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit gineer, who recently addressed a meet-
D istrict cannot help but join with the ing of the Transit District's Engineering
many far thinking individuals who, as Advisory Committee.
well, continue to view the transportation De Leuw, president of the D e Leuw,
situation in this area w ith deep concern . Cather & Company, in t erna t ionally
Because of the vital importance of pub- known consulting engineering finn, told
lic transportation to the communities and the committee that citizens of the East
the wide public interest served by the Bay area as well as their elected public
transporta tion company and its em- officials "must come to realize this fact."
ployees, the T ransit D istrict over the past H e added :
several weeks closely re-examined the Rapid Growth
laws under which it m ust operate; the "The amazing growth of the area that
e xp loration, as thorough as it was, failed is forecast for the next 30 years-about
to disclose a method by which the D is- 2J,l times the present population- will, by
t rict could legally intervene in the labor necessity, force some of the cars off the
negotiations, or to seize and operate the freeways and their riders into public t ran-
properties of the private transportation sit vehicles."
company. The De Leuw, Cather finn is being em-
Research into the letter as well as the ployed by the District to d raw up a mas-
spirit of the Transit District law reaf- ter transit plan as the basis of a program
fi nned that the District was created by to be offered to the voters by the Transit
the Legislat ure w ith but the single pur- D istrict in November.
pose to develop and operate a pubucly De Leuw told the ' assembled city and
owned transit system . county engineers that "something has to
To this end, the Directors of the T ran- be done to get the people out of their
sit District are following a charted course cars and into the future trains, buses Of
of action designed to attack the area's other vehicles of the Transit D istrict."
overall transit problems. The D irectors And, he added, his finn's long-range plan-
have: ning for the Trans it Dish-jet is attempting
• Em ployed a widely recognized finn to do jllst that .
(Continued on Page 4) "We are going into the long-range im-
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TRANSIT PLANS What the Editors
plications to take care of the transit needs gional mass transit needs to be supple-
within the District that can still be co-
ordinated with the planning of the Bay
Informal meetings between represen-
tatives of the Transit District and the
Say About Transit mented by local or feeder systems if it is
to prosper and fulfill its purpose.
Area Rapid Transit District," he said. counties and cities within its borders are This newspaper, which differed with
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De Leuw said, in response to question- being held to help develop the District's the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Dis-
ing, that he could not conceive of an ef- EAST BAY TRANSIT PROGRAM trict on the issue of removing rails from
mass transit plan. the Bay Bridge is heartily in accord with
fective transit system in the long-term Transit consultant J. R. Worthington is The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit
view without some use of rails for the its aims in providing decent public trans-
meeting individually with city and District, which has been working hard portation within its East Bay confines; we
rapid movement of people. But, he and long to bring satisfactory public
county engineers to obtain first hand in- wish it speedy success and hopefully an-
added, that is only a part of it. Riders transportation to the East Bay, has em-
still must be transported between the ma- formation on local transit needs. ticipate the day when its operations will
The engineers are members of the En- barked on a highly useful undertaking for be integrated with a system that serves
jor rails links and their homes, he said. the education of the voting public; an in-
gineering Advisory Committee which re- the entire Bay Area. - San Francisco
The transit planner said that it is "not formal, monthly news letter, Transit Chronicle.
a hopeless task" to reverse the downward cently was formed by the Transit District Times, is being distributed to keep citi-
trend in mass transit use. He cited transit to serve as a valuable liaison between the zens informed and interested in the
systems in numerous cities including District and the cities and counties. progress of transit planning.
Merchants Transform
Toronto, Chicago and Cleveland, where, Worthington is reviewing with the en- The first number (May, 1958) reports Downtown into 'Park'
for example, he said residents have been gineers the initial transit planning that that a detailed, mass transit plan is be-
successfully diverted from their cars to will directly affect the individual cities. ing prepared by De Leuw, Cather & Co., A first-hand glimpse of what it would
public transit. The conferences are giving the engineers consulting engineers, with assistance be like to have a downtown shopping
an opportunity to participate in the plan- from a special advisory committee which center that is traffic-free-and serenely
ning program, and, are helping to assure is canvassing the public's transportation embellished with trees, chairs, rock gar-
Suit Against District that the transit plan will as closely as pos- needs and desires. dens and landscaping-was given resi-
sible reflect the needs and wishes of the Thus information will be gathered to- dents of Rock Island, Ill., recently during
Nearer to Decision people of each locality. ward the establishment of traffic services a three-day retail merchants' sales event.
that will be attractive enough on the All vehicular traffic was prohibited
Efforts of the Transit District to obtain Members of the committee, who werc scores of speed, comfort, conveniences from two central blocks which were
a speedy hearing and judgment in a law- appointed by their respective agencies
and cost, to win patrons away from the transformed into malls for the conven-
suit brought against the District by five and met for an initial organizational
private automobiles that now congest the ience and pleasure of shoppers. Buses
Contra County taxpayers resulted this meeting recently at the Claremont Hotel,
highways and demand expensive parking were diverted to two parallel streets.
month in a pre-trial hearing. include:
space. A park-like atmosphere was created in
The taxpayer suit seeks to exclude from Olof E. Anderson, Alameda County When a transit plan evolves, it will be the malls, replete with shrubbery and
the District the cities of Richmond, San surveyor; Lawrence R. Blair, Hayward widely and thoroughly discussed at pub- plants, benches and soft music. Free bus
Pablo and unincorporated areas of the traffic engineer; F. R. Brown, Contra lic hearings. The District is hopeful that rides were provided during morning
county. Costa County deputy public works direc- such a plan, in the form of a bond issue hours.
The hearing was scheduled for June 16 tor; Robert W. Crommelin, San Leandro for the purchase of equipment, may be City officials said the "Mall Days"
in the Marin County Superior Court, traffic engineer; G. Homer Hamlin, San offered to the voters in November. event, claimed a success by the mer-
which was selected by both parties as Leandro public works director; Mark
This kind of procedure is wise and pru- chants, served as a test for a proposed
neutral ground. J. Hanna, Alameda city engineer; S. C. dent, and highly encouraging to pros- downtown redevelopment plan which
Contention of the suit is that the ab· Jacka, Berkeley public works director. pects of a publicly built and publicly op- would give the city a modern business
sentee ballots for the specific areas in Paul W. Larson, assistant Hayward erated system that will be both adequate area sometime in the future. The plan
Contra Cotsa County were improperly city engineer; Wayne McAuley, Albany and prosperous. The success of such a now calls for creation of fringe parking
canvassed in 1956 when the District was city engineer; Lawrence W. Milnes, Wal- venture would inevitably promote con- facilities, removal of certain paved streets
created. Robert E. Nisbet, attorney for nut Creek public works director; John struction of the projected Bay Area Tran- and landscaping.
he District, said in his answering brief Morin, Oakland city engineer; L. H. Tay- sit system which is of such vital import- High school students helped conduct
that the voting procedure followed by the lor, Piedmont city engineer; Cosmo ance to the entire metropolitan district. It an on-street poll among shoppers to see
Alameda and Contra Costa boards of su- Tedeschi, EI Cerrito public works direc- would likewise contribute to the patron- if they like the shopping malls. The re-
pervisors was entirely in accordance with tor, and Martin Wallen, Richmond traf- age of such a system when in operation, sults, yet to be tabulated, will be used in
State laws. fic engineer. for authorities generally agree that re- proposed downtown revitalization plans.
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Transit Times
A Strike Ends Published monthly by the
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
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of transportation engineers, to devise a Berkeley-Oakland, California
basic and improved transit plan for the Alan L. Bingham, Editor
entire District which is due to be com- Telephone THornwall 5-6610
pleted within the next several weeks;
Officers
• Instituted valuation proceedings with Robert K. Barber President
the State Public Utilities Commission to Wm. J. Bettencourt . Vice President
determine a reasonable market value of Robert E. Nisbet Attorney-Secretary
certain useful and necessary properties of George M. Taylor Administrative Officer
Key System; Directors
• Announced the District's intentions Robert K. Barber Ward I
of submitting the transit plan and a bond J. Howard Arnold Ward II
John l. McDonnell Ward III
issue to the voters in November; Wm. J. Bettencourt Ward IV
• Determined that upon approval by Paul E. Deadrich . Ward V
the voters, the District will attempt to Robert M. Copeland Director at Large
acquire the useful and necessary proper- Clair W. Macleod . • Director at Large
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ties of Key System, and, together with a
fleet of entirely new equipment, proceed
in an orderly manner to put the plan into trict be in position to invoke automatic
operation in order to provide improved, arbitration provisions given to it by the
dependable transit service. Legislature and thus prevent the very
Though the District, together with kind of emergency that so recently dis-
the communities within its boundaries, is rupted community life.
steadily moving forward with such plan- Until that time arrives and public
ning, the likelihood of future transporta- transportation in the East Bay is no
tion shutdowns must continue to exist un- longer subject to periodic interruption,
til local transit operations in the two the Directors of the Transit District will
counties becomes in fact the legal re- not consider that they have fulfilled the
sponsibility of the Alameda-Contra Costa clear mandate of the people who voted
Transit District; only then will the Dis- the District into being.

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