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New Transit Bus of Advanced Design

And Styling Soon To Be in Production


A new line of city transit coaches that In addition to all-new body design, the
makes a complete break with the past and new models have greatly increased visi-
offers advanced body styling and a host bility with large "picture windows,"
of other improvements will begin rolling fluorescent lights, improved air suspen-
off the assembly line this Fall. sion and lower entrance step.
The new coaches are the first com- Bright-metal, fluted, anodized alumi-
pletely new models for city use developed num is used extensively in side and rear
by a major bus manufacturer in 19 years, body panels. Streamlined styling is evi-
and are similar to transit buses planned dent in the forward slanting windows,
for use by the District. (Continued on Page 7)

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Cities Urged To Help.Redraft Transit Plan Compromise Transit Bill Sails Through State
"Traffic congestion, which threatens to
grow progessively worse, affects every-
. pos~iblefor the qty of Hayyvard,~'De~d~
. rich said.
Assembly; Measure Now Faces Senate Action
one in the community. It is a community More than 100 civic, business, indus- Compromise legislation amending sev- from the operational part of the District
problem. Its solution is a responsibility trial, property and taxpayers associations eral provisions of the Transit District Law should Contra Costa supervisors fail to
that must be shared by community lead- as well as other city councils in the East was adopted this month by a unanimous seek exclusion of the area.
ers. " Bay similarly h a v e vote of the State Assembly. The bill as approved by the Assembly
This statement keynoted the remarks been invited to study The legal changes, contained in an also would allow general obligation and
of Transit Director Paul E. Deadrich in the transit plan for pos- amended bill introduced by Assembly- revenue bonds to be issued for special
a recent appearance before the Hayward sible revision. man Jerome Waldie of Antioch, have yet services zones upon approval by a ma-
City Council. The transit official to come before the State Senate. jority of voters and allow the District to
Deadrich urged the Hayward City noted that to diminish The compromise bill (AB 752) will acquire equipment through lease-pur-
Council to extensively review the transit traffic congestion pub- make it easier for areas of Contra Costa chase.
plan of the District as prepared last lic transit must be at- County to withdraw from the District. It
August by De Leuw Cather & Company tractive enough to also will allow the District to proceed
immediately with preparations for a bond Compromise Success Laid to
with the purpose of suggesting changes draw people from their
and improvements. private cars. issue by establishing machinery under Alameda County Legislators
"We strongly urge that you give the Director Deadrich "
In other words, which the District can set up a special Success of attaining compromise tran-
transit service zone within its boundaries. sit legislation that could be unanimously
transit plan your most careful study, so public transit must provide the service supported by the two East Bay counties
that in its revision the transit program people want or they will continue to shun The changes were based on an agree- has been attributed directly to members of
that is presented to the voters will reHect public transportation. ment reached between the Transit Dis- the Alameda County legislative delega-
the best thinking of this body and will Progressive public transit-an essential trict and the Contra Costa County Board tion.
of Supervisors. As originally introduced, Robert K. Barber, district president,
provide the best public transit operation ingredient to overall progress anddevel- pointed out that Alameda County legisla-
opment of the East Bay-is the goal we the Waldie bill was unacceptable to the
tors insisted that AB 752, as originally
have renewed our pledge to attain," District, and the Contra Costa supervis- drafted, be amended to provide sufficient
Deadrich said. "But we will need the as- ors balked at a district-sponsored meas- protection for the residents of their
Transit Times sistance and thoughtful consideration of ure. county.
Representing the Alameda County leg- "It was the firm stand taken by these
the entire citizenry of the District to ac- legislators that permitted the author of
Published monthly by the
complish this task." islative delegation in pressing for passage the bill, Assemblyman Waldie of Contra
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District of the bill, both before committee and on
700 Plaza Building Costa County to convirice the Contra
506 Fifteenth Street All-Bus Rapid Transit Is the Hoor of the Assembly, was Assembly- Costa County Board of Supervisors of the
Oakland 12, California man Walter 1. Dahl of Oakland. necessity of including the amendments
Telephone TEmplebar 6-1808 Proposed For Baltimore Reasonable Compromise requested by the District in order to ob-
tain the cooperation of the Alameda
Alan l. Bingham, Editor BALTIMORE. - Rapid transit without The compromise provides that any city County ddegation in securing the legisla-
Officers rails has been recommended for Balti- or unincorporated territory, a majority of tion desired," Barber said.
Robert K. Barber President more by the city's prominent commis- whose voters voted against a transit dis- He commended the delegation for "rec-
Wm. J. Bettencourt Vice President trict bond issue, may be excluded from ognizing the serious transit problem con-
John R. Worthington General Manager
sioner of transit and traffic, Henry A.
fronting East Bay residents, and for mov-
Robert E. Nisbet . Attorney-Secretary Barnes. the District through a board order. Ex- ing swiftly to bring about changes in the
.. George M. Taylor . Administrative Officer Barnes proposed a $150,000,000 bus- clusion could be initiated either by a reso- Jaw that will greatly aid in meeting this
Directors way system which would be a network of lution adopted by a majority vote of a city problem."
Robert K. Barber _ Director at Large streets or portions of streets assigned ex- council or board of supervisors or by a , Members of the Alameda County dele-
Robert M. Copeland . Director at Large petition bearing signatures equal to 10 gation include Assemblymen Byron Rum-
clusively for use in high-speed bus opera- ford of Berkeley, chairman; Walter I.
William H. Coburn, Jr_ Ward I
J. Howard Arnold Ward II tions. per cent of the total vote cast in the last Dahl, Oakland; Nicholas Petris Oakland-
John l. McDonnell
Wm. J. Bettencourt .
. Ward III
Ward IV
These busways would be far cheaper District election. Carlos Bee, Hayward; Robert W. Crown:
to establish and maintain than subways, The district-sponsored amendments Alameda, and Don MuHord, Berkeley;
Paul E. Deadrich Ward V and State Senator JOM W. Holmdahl of
monorail or any other means of fast pub- will give the Board of Directors power to
~lD Oakland.
lic transportation, Barnes reported. exclude areas of Contra Costa County
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MAP OF PROPOSED
MOTOR COACH SERVICE

BERKELEY
ALBANY
AND VICINITY

LEGEND
••••••••
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PROPOSED EXPRESS ROUTES
LINES RECOMMENDED FOR
INCREASED FREQUENCY
OTHER TRANSBAY AND
LOCAL LINES
•••••••• NEW LOCAL LINES

ALAMEDA - CONTRA COSTA


TRANSIT DISTRICT
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL
FOR

FEBRUARY 1959

UNDER REVIEW-Map shows service initially proposed by Transit District for Albany, Berkeley, Kensington and parts of EI Cerrito. Routes and operating frequen-
cies are being reviewed for suggested changes and improvements by more than 100 East Bay organizations before a bond issue is submiHed to voters this Fall.
What the Eelitors Are Saying About Transit
Exclusive Bus Lanes Needed to Speed Downtown Transit
Reprjnted from the Des Moines (Ia.) Tribune:

T tee
HE CITIZENS traffic study commit-
has voted to ask the city traffic
at least during rush hours, might also be
called for on Grand, Locust and Wal-
engineer to study a proposal for reserving nut....
the right hapd lanes on Locust, and Wal- So the proposal does need study. Off-
nut Streets ~nd Grand Avenue downtown hand, though, it appears that the plan
for bus traffic. Th~ purpose of the plan would lead to a much more efficient use
would be to facilitate bus traffic and, as of ,the downtown streets for the move-
a resu:lt, help tbe Des Moines Transit ment of people-not just vehicles. One
fully-loaded bus accommodates more
Company win back some of the patron-
passengers than a dozen fully-loaded au-
age it ' has lost over the past decade Or tomobiles and uses just a little more than
so ... '. twice the street area. Few automobiles
No one argues that a special lane re- are fully loaded. DESIGN FEATURES-Large speed line "picture windows" of sliding sash slanHorward
served for buses would bring the cus- Fred C. Warden, president of the tran- to give an impression of motion and provide greater outside visibility for passengers.
tomersflocking back to the buses imme- sit company, believes that the bus lane Step height is reduced to 13V2, inches to facilitate boarding the new models. Extensive
diately. But one need only stand at a loop plan should be extended to several north- use of fluted, anodized aluminum on exterior of transit buses replaces former painted
bus stop during rush hours to appreciate south streets in the loop. He is convinced, surfaces, while streamlined design eliminates "boxy" appearance of buses now in use.
what a boon to bus traffic the proposal too, that the plan would benefit car users
under study would be. Buses are some- as a group even more than the bus com- Many Improvements in New Bus Models
times held up as long as three or four pany and its patrons by facilitating the (Continued from Page 1)
minutes per block in the downtown area mines the whole coach interjor in "white"
general traffic flow. in both front and rear end design, and in light, replacing former yellow i)1dividual
by automobiles waiting to make a right Buses still carry about one of every four
turn or by cars creeping down the lane such details as clearance lights, standee incandescent lamps above windows.Cen-
persons who travel over the downtown windows, headlight and turn signal hous- trally located, running longitudinally
to pick up or discharge passengers. streets and probably one of three during ings. down the coach mid-ceiling, it eliminates
The implementation of the plan would rush hours. The city has provided some dark spots, makes the coach interior more
involve some drastic adjustments in the tax relief to the bus company in recent Improved styling also marks the in-
terior of the coach, where new ideas, new inviting to evening riders.
downtown traffic pattern. It almost cer- years. But this is the first proposal aimed Visibility for the driver has been nearly
tainly would ' be' necessary, for example, at helping the company provide better materials, new colors create an inviting
atmosphere. Former painted masonite tripled with much larger windshield. Pas-
to ban right turniIfg at several downtown service. We believe it deserves serious senger visibility is also better through the
corners. A general ,ban on street parking, consideration. surfaces have been replaced with pat-
terned Melamine panels and anodized use of larger side and rear windows. Total
aluminum. glass area is 93 per cent great~r than ear-
lier models, and fits the general trend to
The new coaches have push-type exit greater use of glass in autos, trains, of-
doors as standard equipment. Other fice buildings and homes.
standard features include a new track- A new V6 diesel engine delivers more
type seat mounting rail inserted flush horsepower, and a new heating and ven-
with the floor which allows easy reloca- tilating system provides quiet, even dis-
tion of seats for greater passenger com- tribution of heat. Air-conditioning, which
fort. is optional at extra cost, is integrated with
A new fluorescent lighting system illu- the heating and ventilating system.
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At a special meeting on February 25, promise on transit legislation approved


1959, the Board of Directors: by the Contra Costa County Board of
Supervisors. Worthington said that AB
• Received a report from General Man- 752 containing Transit District amend-
ager Worthington concerning the legisla- ments was passed to the full Assembly by
tive program of the District. Worthington the Public Utilities and Corporations
said a compromise with Contra Costa Committee earlier in the day with a
County supervisors regarding proposed unanimous "do pass" recommendation.
withdrawal provisions had not yet been (Details, Page 3.)
attained.
• Authorized transfers in budget ac-
• Approved proposed legislation that counts following mid-year review of Dis-
would allow the District to establish spe- trict operations, on motion of Director
cial service zones within its boundaries, McDonnell.
on motion of Vice President Bettencourt.
• Adopted a resolution opposing the
existing draft of Assembly Bill 752 intro-
PUC Rules on Key
duced by Assemblyman Waldie of An-
tioch, but authorizing support of the
Tracie Removal Costs
measure if District amendments were ac- Key System's obligation to remove train
cepted, on motion of Director Copeland. tracks and repair Oakland streets cannot
be included in an evaluation of the com-
• Adopted a resolution declaring AB pany's property sought by the Transit
752 incompatible with the best interests District, according to a recent ruling of
of the District, and authorizing the Gen- the State Public Utilities Commission.
eral Manager to confer further with Con- The City of Oakland had asked the
tra Costa County Supervisors to reach a PUC to include the track removal pro-
compromise, on motion of Director Cope- gram-estimated to cost $509,200-in the
land. price it sets for the Transit District's pro-
* * * posed acquisition of part of Key System's
At its regular meeting March 4, 1959, properties.
The commission ruled that it has the
the Board of Directors:
power to evaluate physical properties
• Received a report from General only, and cannot include franchise obli-
Manager Worthington concerning a com- gations.

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