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OAKLAND, FEBRUARY 1961

New Coaches Spark Rider Increase;


Operating Results Exceed Estimates
After three months of operations, AC Engineers based their Rgures on a pa-
Transit reported this month that the dis- tronage increase of three per cent a year
trict is living up to its promises to the for Rve years.
taxpayer, In January, passenger revenue showed
Operating results are better than engi- an increase of six per cent over the entire
neers had expected, according to the Rrst system, during a month that ordinarily
full Rnancial statement made by the dis- might show a slight decline. However,
trict to the board of directors since taking Worthington pointed out the month had
over from Key System Transit Lines last one more week day and one less Satur-
October. day than last year, accounting for part of
Revenue was sufficient to pay all ex- the increase, Weather also was more fa-
penses and provide funds for bond servic- vorable,
ing and equipment replacement, John Income Adequate
R Worthington, general manager, re-
Sparked by the new "Transit Liners"
ported.
which went into service Christmas Day,
He said revenue for the period came to transbay lines showed an increase for the
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$2,917,795. Expenses were $2,609,981, month of 8.8 per cent. Local revenue was
leaving $307,814 available for bond serv- up 4.4 per cent, even before the new local
icing costs. equipment went into service,
Patronage Increase "Experiences of the Rrst three months
The surplus, for the Rrst three months, strengthens our belief the district can
was approximately $71,000 more than the meet its obligations without an increase
projections of engineering estimates that in taxes," Worthington told the board.
were determined a year ago, William J. Bettencourt, board presi-
Calculations of the engineering con- dent, also stressed the "district is living
sultants, De Leuw, Cather & Company, up to its promises of providing better
provided for sufficient annual surplus re- service at current fares and taxes.
serves to renew equipment as it becomes "Considering that the district does a
fully depreciated without the necessity of $12,000,000 gross revenue business a year,
resorting to a future bond issue for equip- it is truly remarkable that the esimates
ment replacement. and actual income Rgures are so close."
Death Claims Two Division 2 Workers
Heart attacks claimed two veteran into building maintenance 15 years
transit workers in January, Charles O. ago.
Mason, 55, and Joseph J. Fedor, both He was an avid railroad fan and a
of Division 2. frequent passenger on special rail trips
Mr. Mason, a Class A mechanic in taken with other steam devotees.
the building maintenance department,
Surviving are his widow, Grace, two
died Jan. 17 at his home, 620 Key
daughters, Jeannie and Mrs. Judy Kan-
Route Blvd., in Albany.
gus, and a grandson, Mark.
A veteran of train and ferry boat
service, he started with Key System Mr. Fedor, 68, welder at Division 2,
27 years ago as one of the track gang died suddenly at his home, 3778 39th
in train operations. Ave., on Jan. 29.
Over the years he also worked as a He went to work for Key System in
deck hand on the ferry boats, as a fore- 1944. Active in lay Catholic circles, he
LOCAL passengers sample new 51-passenger buses ordered for service in 11 East Bay is survived by his widow, Marie, two
cities by AC Transit. The extra-large buses feature new destination signs, an im.
man of janitors, a truck driver and
paving gang foreman, before moving married daughters, and a son.
proved-safety rear door exit, wide seats and aisles and sweeping "picture windows."

Riders Impressed With Luxury Features,


Twelve New Operators Unloading Coaches
Comfort Riding of Big New Coaches
East Bay riders got their chance to en- coaches are practical on hill routes and
Welcomed to District Jot, For 'Thin Man'
joy the latest in transportation this month some of the narrow streets. The "welcome aboard" sign was posted It's taken a lot of wiggling and some
as the first of 125 buses ordered for serv- Remaining neighborhood lines, where this month for 12 new bus drivers, who thin maintenance men to get the big new
ice in 11 East Bay cities rolled into opera- smaller buses are more feasible, will be completed their training for AC Transit. local "Transit Liners" safely unloaded
tion. served by modernized and repainted New operators, and assignments, include: from freight cars, according to Carl Knut-
Long, wide and streamlined, the 51- coaches acquired from Key System. Division 2 son, foreman of building maintenance.
passenger buses got a pleased reception The local liners feature an improved- R. D. Delanty, 3643 Grand Ave., Oak- The new motor coaches are 102 inches
from riders, who appeared particularly safety rear exit door which is operated by land; M. D. Alexander, 241 So. 17th St., wide and 40 feet long and if parked ex-
impressed with the spaciousness of the the riders when they leave the bus. The Richmond; R. L. Flowers, 16 Island View, actly center in the box cars, have only a
coach and the wide outside view pre- coach cannot move while the door is Pittsburg; A. A. Jones, 1056 45th St., Em- three-inch clearance on each side, Knut-
sented by the "picture windows." open, putting the passenger in control eryville. son said. To get them out without "using
Twenty-five of the ultramodern coaches dUfing alighting. Division 3 a can opener," the crew knocked out the
were ready for service on opening day, Other improvements include 36-inch O. W. Perdue, Sr., 214 Ries St., Val- center blocks, drove the coach as far as
.with all 125 slated for operation before wide seats, an added strip of window lejo; W. W. Hankins, 2684 Kevin Rd., they could to the front of the freight car-
the end of the month. space so standees can see out without Richmond; R. C. Armijo, 634 Stannage usually about two feet-then knocked out
The new buses, which joined the fleet stooping, fluorescent lights, low entrance Ave., Albany. the rear blocks and backed the bus off-
of interurban liners already covering step and varying color schemes. carefully!
Division 4
transbay routes, provide basic service on As the new coaches go into service, out- D. W. Matthews, 2245 So. 1st St., San Only one coach out of the first 53 gave
the district's major lines. They are being dated gasoline driven buses are being re- Jose; L. O. Brickson, 1521 3rd Ave., Oak- unusual trouble. It failed to start, so the
augmented during rush-hour periods with moved. Seventy-five were slated for re- land; R. L. Reed, 32176 Champlain St., crew had to pull it back far enough so
refurbished equipment now on hand. tirement in January while nearly 250 in men could squeeze to the front, and push
Hayward; R. H. Mason, 1523 Harrison
Test runs were to be made on several all will be taken out of service within the St., Oakland; L. B. Bain, 7868 MacArthur it off the car.
other lines to determine if the wide new weeks ahead. Blvd., Oakland. Then, of course, it started.
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Telephone Informal:ion Service Expanded
To Give Speedier Service 1:0 Transil: Riders What the Editors Are Saying About Transit
One of AC Transit's most sensitive con- been enlarged and modernized for more
tacts with the public-the telephone in- efficient operation. Oakland Trzbune:
formation bureau- has been overhauled Improvement of the information serv-
and expanded to provide speedier service. ice was given top priority when the dis- Transit's Success
Nearly twice as many information trict acquired Key System Transit Lines,
clerks now are on duty to answer the Worthington said, to prevent long delays
hundreds of daily telephone calls regard- sometimes encountered by patrons seek-
G.J ENERAL Manager John R. Worth-
ington's report to the Alameda-Con-
by the new district and likes the new
equipment- the big modem buses .
ing transit services, according to General ing information. tra Costa Transit District th at income is However, Key System paid certain
Manager John R. Worthington. "We also are insisting on absolute running above expectations is an encour- taxes from which the new district is
Large route maps have been posted in courtesy," he added. aging piece of news in the formerly exempt and this could well contribute to
bureau quarters for ready reference. In Two operators are posted at the main dreary history of traction in Oakland. a portion of the improved current incomc.
addition, coded files containing detailed telephone switchboard, located at the Mr. Worthington's report states that The general manager also pointed out
information on the district's 70 transit district's Emeryville division at 45th St. during the first three months of operation, that the higher net income is due partly
lines have been provided each clerk, so and San Pablo Ave. Three additional the district netted $71,000 more than con- from two extra working days this Janu-
that questions can be answered quickly clerks are stationed at special nearby sllltants had estimated before the district ary, over a year ago.
and easily as possible. The office also has desks and telephones to handle the varied took over Key System. We fervently hope that Mr. Worthing-
questions received during peak hours. We wish to congratulate the new dis- ton's pledge to hold fares at the present
PROMPT SERVICE - New and expanded Questions generally concern informa- trict on the initial success of its operation, level and to avoid a tax increase can be
quarters for Telephone Information Bu- tion on how to reach a particular destina- but we agree with Mr. Worthington that maintained, but the district still needs a
reau aid clerks in providing speedy an- tion. But occasionally the answers are not over-optimism can be dangerous. vast increase in riders before it can con-
swers to hundreds of daily questions on readily available, according to Supervisor What the picture shows is that the pub- sider itself out of the weeds.
service. Manning telephones from front Genevieve Parker. lic is accepting the better service offered But, we repeat, the news is e ncouragin g.
to rear are Vivian Lueckfeld, Gladys But- One caller, for example, wanted to
ler and Supervisor Genevieve Parker. know the correct bus to take to a Mac-
Arthur Blvd. motel. He was unable to re- New Signs Tell Bus Route, Destination
member the location, but after a mo-
ment's thought, added: "It's the one with New destination signs, designed to give tifying a line by its route, such as the
the blue bedspreads." riders better information on where each "Shattuck Ave. Line," instead of merelv
Questions regarding pet dogs on buses bus is going, have been installed on the by number.
are easily answered. They are permitted fleet of "Transit Liners" put into local
service this month.
if enclosed and concealed in a box. CommiHees Appointed by
One recent caller, however, was not Head signs, in large white letters
satisfied with the answer. She owned a against a black background, feature the New President: of Board
large German shepherd. main street used by the bus or, in some Committee appointments made by
The clerks sometimes must ask infor- cases, the city destination. William J. Bettencourt, president of the
rpation before they can give the correct Additional street information and Board of Directors, at the February board
information. In one such case, they asked points of interest is posted in smaller let- meeting include:
a prospective rider, "Where do you ters. Side signs also carry route and des- Projects Development-William H. Co-
board?" tination. burn, Jr., chairman; Robert K. Barber and
The answer: "I don't board. I live at On long routes, the signs are changed Paul E. Deadrich, members .
home." by the bus driver at different locations to Finance-John McDonnell, chairman ;
The information service has its busiest help waiting passengers understand the William E. Berk and William H . Coburn ,
moments during the working day, but bus route through East Bay cities. Jr., members.
clerks also have numerous night calls- The signs, which complement the "new Personnel and Public Relations- Rob-
especially during TV commercials. look" of the motor coaches, are designed ert K. Barber, chairman; William E. Berk
to revive the traditional cllstom of iden- and Paul E. Deadrich, members .
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TRANSFER, PLEASE-Participants in dedica-
tion of Latham Square shelter get their sou-
venir transfers punched by Miss Oakland
contestants. From left are Shari Lee Raines,
William F. Knowland, editor and assistant
publisher of The Tribune; Margo Donze,
PLAQUE - A memorial to the Mayor Clifford E. Rishell, Sandra Gray and
many groups who made the new Karen Snyder. In back are William Betten-
Latham Square bus waiting shel- court, president AC Transit board of direc-
ter possible is unveiled by Mayor tors; Andre Fontes, chairman of the Oak-
Clifford Rishell (left) and Hugh land Park Commission.
Tebault, president of Latham
Foundation for Promotion of Hu-
mane Education.
SPECIAL VALENTINE-Flowers, singing birds and pretty girls carried out the Valen-
tine theme in dedication of Latham Square shelter, built in heart of downtown Oak-
land for bus riders.
Latham Square Bus Shelter Dedicated
the Oakland Council of Camp Fire Girls. AC Transit's board of directors, spoke on As a special feature, the shelter, de-
The imaginative new Latham Square
Flowers, donated by neighboring "More Than a Bus Shelter," while J. R. signed by Oakland architect Walter Bear-
bus waiting shelter was dedicated on
Feb. 14 in a program that made colorful Rhodes, were distributed to women in Knowland, publisher of the Oakland den and landscape architect Amedee Mc-
use of a Valentine Day theme . the audience by still more pretty girls. Tribune, and William F . Knowland, edi- Sourdry of the park department, includes
tor and assistant publisher, paid tribute an aviary occupied by colorful birds.
Pretty girls, flowers and singing birds Plaque Unveiled to those responsible for re-development
helped to set the Valentine background Andre T. Fontes, chairman of the Oak- Phone booths and special newspaper
of the historic spot.
for the ceremonies, which featured the dispenser racks are built into pillars,
land Park Commission, as chairman of The new structure replaces a shelter
unveiling of a plaque. while waiting riders will find pastel-
the drY' introduced civic leaders and rep- that served generations of bus and street
Civic leaders who participated arrived tinted benches placed under recessed
resentatives of sponsoring groups . car travelers. Landscaping by park de-
in one of the new AC Transit buses, led lights and electric heating elements. A
Official presentation of the structure partment crews accents the structure and
by a motorcycle escort from the Oakland stainless steel drinking fountain also is
was made by Hugh Tebault, president its adjoining Latham Fountain, erected
Police Dept. included, together with system maps
of the Latham Foundation for the Promo- in 1913 as a memorial to pioneer residents
As they left the bus, the celebrities car- showing AC Transit lines .
tion of Humane Education. Mayor Clif- .T ames H. Latham and Henrietta Marshall
ried giant transfers, which were perfo- ford Rishell accepted in behalf of the city Latham. The project has been financed by
rated by a big punch operated by two and unveiled the plaque. neighboring property owners, and busi-
contestants in the current "Miss Oakland" The plaque pays tribute to the various Special Features ness establishments, by the Latham
competition. groups which contributed to the achieve- Sponsors of the planting include the Foundation, and AC Transit, in coopera-
They were then taken to the speakers ment of the dramatic new shelter. Business Men's Garden Club of Oakland tion with the city's park and street de-
stand by Horizon Club members from William J. Bettencourt, president of and eight Horizon Club groups. partments .
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~4tle 7'UUtdtu? A4' "'?/ttJ"
'A Seat lor Every Rider'
It's Modjeslci to the Rescue When Bus
Buses Added to Carry Traffic Increase
Commuter service on more th ,m half of mond, N-San Leandro, O-Alameda, and
Drivers Have Problems of Work or Wives
the trans bay lines operated by AC Tran- R-Hayward lines. By Virginia Dennison
sit was expanded during the month to ac- In the evening, an additional bus has When the phone rings in the chief
commodate an increase in riders. been added to Line A, leaving Broadway clerk's office at Division 2, the answer is a
Sixteen additional buses were routed in Oakhnd for San Francisco. terse "Modjeski," but the voice is soft
into service during morning and evening A minimum of seven extra buses also and feminine.
peak commute hours, in line with the dis- have been stationed at the Transbay For G. L. Modjeski-who never uses
trict's stepped-up program of providing Transit Terminal in San Francisco, to be her first name - is probably the only
a seat for every rider. used as needed. woman to fill a chief clerk's post for a
In the morning hours, the buses have The upswing in commuter traffic was metropolitan transit district.
been worked into schedules of the B- attributed by General Manager John R. Men are her business-the bus drivers
Lakeshore, E - Claremont, F -Berkeley, 'W orthington to the new equipment who operate out of AC Transit's biggest
G - Albany, K - Havenscourt, L - Rich- which went into service Christmas day. division. The women drivers come under
her jurisdiction also, as do dispatchers .
But mostly it's men .
Directors Vote Employee Salary Boost She never has any problems with them,
either (maybe just small ones! ). She h ~m­
Salary increases averaging 6 per cent The increases were made effective as
dIes their paper work and listens to their
have been granted to 130 AC Transit su- of the first of this year.
troubles-which range from a day off to
pervisory and clerical employees at an In line with the increases, the board
domestic tangles. The bus drivers have
annual cost to the district of $45,000. elevated Kenneth F . Hensel, operations
long since learned that a lady boss has
The board of directors also have agreed manager, to the new post of assistant gen-
definite advantages, like a big heart and G. L. Modjeski
to a study of job classifications and the eral manager. And she can cook . ..
a ready ear for troubles.
establishment of salary ranges for all non- Along with respect for "Mo's" abilities
union personnel, in an effort to simplify Division 2 workers have fond memorie~ sion and dispatcher duties-first woman
the employee practices inherited from Employment Office of another attribute, her great skill at to hold that job for the company.
Key System Transit Lines . cooking. From there, she went on to the other
The individual salary boosts for non- Moves Back Downtown
An easy expert at everything from "first," chief clerk at Division 2 and right
union workers followed similar increases From Division 2 Yard chocolate cake to spaghetti sauce, it was hand man to the late L. A. Trathen. She
granted 1,100 bus operators and mainte- The employment office, after a 12-year
stay in Emeryville at Division 2, 45th St. ':Mo" and her mother who stuffed turkeys has continued in the post, helping Tra-
nance personnel last October. and San Pablo Ave., has moved back for past Christmas parties, then added a then's successor, J. D. Goodman.
Director John McDonnell, finance com- downtown to 1106 Broadway to make it few cakes, pies and cookies to the festive Mrs. Modjeski is an enthusiastic house-
mittee chairman, said the increases were more convenient for job applicants.
In years past, the employment unit has board. wife, and is just as enthusiastic about the
necessary to bring salaries of these em- moved from downtown, to 40th St. and It was a yen for something different- championship bowling skill of her hus-
ployees in line with the wages now paid Yerba Buena Ave. in Emeryville, back and some husbandly opposition-that de- band, Alfred, and activities of her
to bus drivers and maintenance workers. downtown, then out to 45th and San
Pablo-all since 1948. cided "Mo" to answer the Key System's adopted daughters, Pamela, 6, and De-
Salary raises for several key pp.rsonnel The new office is on the fourth Hoor. first advertisement for women street car anna, 3.
including General Manager J olm R. in room 408, and is open weekdays from
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. operators early in World War II. She also admits to a temper-on occa-
Worthington were held in abeyance Harold Davis, personnel manager, has Although she was never able to ride a sion-as attested by her reaction to a dis-
pending further study. The increases, the help of two new employees, Frank street car-or anything else-without get- gruntled, swearing passenger in street
however, affected nearly all non-union Curcio, assistant to the manager, and
Mrs. Adele Bradley, secretary, plus Mar- ting motion sick, "Mo" went to work as car days. She literally kicked him off the
employees in the maintenance, transpor- tin Reite, employment supervisor, who one of the first operators. A few months car and is still proud that he didn't hit a
tation, purchasing, safety, accounting moved in from Division 2. later she was cajoled into Central Divi- step on his way out.
and treasury departments .
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Veteran Employees En~ Career
Long careers in the field of trans- ployees from the days when transit
portation have been ended by two meant tracks.
men, with their retirement from AC Reed was general h'ack foreman
Transit District effective Feb. l. in charge of rail removal and repav-
Henry Charles Hanson, 65, can ing programs until a serious illness
date his employment back 38 years, caused him to take a leave of ab-
when he went to work as a street sence in October, 1959. His long
car conductor. tenure with transit covered the days
He stayed on the cars until 1948 when the East Bay moved on rails
when he became a motor coach by street car and by train.
operator. On March 15, 1950, he Read, who lives at 6 Linda Ave.,
switched to trains as a conductor, Oakland, went to work for Key Sys-
then returned to motor coaches in tem in 1934 as a "gandy dancer"-
1958. track laborer to those of the diesel
A native of Victoria, B.C., Hanson dynasty. He was made a track fore-
served in the Canadian Army be- man in 1936 and, in 1947, became
fore coming to work for Key Sys- general track gang foreman. He
tem. He lives at 5114 Grove St., later was promoted from that post
Oakland. to general foreman in charge of rail
John Edward Read, 65, is another maintenance, the post he held at the ~AFETY DEMONSTRATION-Donald J. Potter, general superin~endent of transporta-
of the veteran Key System em- time he becarrne ill. tion, shows how 10 large windows on new buses swing open as emergency exits.

Improved Safety of Window Exits Tested


Commuters Give Reaction to Suhurhan The 10 large amergency window exits
on new interurban buses already have
ries the simple instructions : "For emer-
gency escape, push out window at bot-
Coaches, Decide They Are Deluxe Riding proven safe and effective as the result of
an unexpected test.
tom."
The window swings out with hard pres-
What was the reaction from commu- 581 54th .St., Oakland, thinks the new When one of AC Transit's buses was sure. It is hinged at the top, so does not
ters, after they had their first trip on one buses are "one of the best things that struck nearly head-on by a pick-up truck fall to the ground.
of AC Transit's new deluxe interurban ever happened in Oakland transportation recently on the Bay Bridge, the single This new type of window exit is ap-
coaches? since I've been here." front door of the bus became jammed. proved by the Interstate Commerce Com-
Typical reaction, according to a sur- He had some reservations about the The driver, following instructions mission and the California Public Utili-
vey made by the Oakland Tribune, was expansive windshield and the narrower posted beneath each window, quickly ties Commission and is standard on all
voiced by Allen K. Anderson, who has aisles and one door for loading and un- popped open two of the big view win- latest model interurban and long distance
been riding to work in San Francisco for loading. dows and, with the help of a passenger, buses, Worthington said.
31 years: "But it's like a new pair of shoes, you aided the other 10 riders to climb from Because of the large number of win-
"It's wonderful. This is deluxe. You can have to get used to it before you really the bus. dow exits, the new interurban Transit
even sit down and read on this one." know what you think. There is no ques- The incident clearly demonstrated the Liners are far safer than older model
Anderson, of 611 E. 20th St., has tried tion it's the nicest piece of equipment effectiveness of having 10 windows as buses with two doors, he said.
all methods of commuting, from ferry we've ever had." emergency exits, according to General The 175 new coaches for local and ex-
boat to his own car. Other riders missed the rear door-not Manager John R. Worthington. press service will have a front and rear
"This has got my car beat all to the needed on intercity lines, transit officials An accident might block both doors door for greater facility in loading and
devil," he said. "After all, I've got nothing believe-but they had high praise for the but could hardly block all the windows unloading, but also will contain the large
to do here but ride along like a bird." smooth operation, wide seats and the new on both sides of a bus, he pointed out. escape windows as an added safety fea-
His regular driver, H. O. Sumpter, of color scheme. A metal plate below each window car- ture.
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At an adjourned regular meeting Janu-


ary 10, 1961, the Board of Directors: TRANSIT TIMES
Pub I ished monthly by the
• Reviewed improved emergency exit ALAMEDA.CONTRA /~.cfS.T.?,\ TRANSIT DISTRICT
facilities on new interurban buses. 11 OJ;.~qd'''ay
/ '? G , ", .
• Referred consideration of salary ad- ,.•-Oa . -fl"a
f· p . " ' ~353S
justments for some 130 supervisorial and "
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clerical employees to Committee on Fi- Alan L, ~i"..
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
nance, on motion of Director Barber. WM. J. BETTENCOURT President
Ward IV
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At an adjourned regular meeting Janu-
ROBERT M. COPELAND . . . Vice President
Director at Large
ROBERT K. BARBER . ' Director at Large
ary 19, the Board of Directors: WILLIAM H. COBURN, JR. Ward I
WILLIAM E. BERK Ward II
• Approved salary increases averaging JOHN McDONNELL Ward III
six per cent to supervisorial and clerical PAUL E. DEADRICH Ward V

employees, effective January 1, 1961, on "ADMINISTRATIVE OFfiCERS


motion of Director McDonnell. ". , JOHN R. WORTHINGTON General Manager
ROBERT E. NISBET . . Attorney
• Authorized a study of job classifica- JOHN F. LARSON . Treasurer--Controller
GEORGE M . TAYlOR . . . Secretary
tions and the establishment of salary ~IO
ranges for all non-union personnel, on
motion of Director Coburn.
• Received notice from Beninger
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At the regular meeting February 1, the
Transportation Service that the firm will
seek $15,000 in settlement for loss of its
Board of Directors:
Richmond-EI Sobrante line when the
• Received a report from the General
district commenced new service in that
Manager on results of operation (Details,
area. The AC Board of Directors, which
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had proposed a $5,000 settlement, voted
• Authorized preparation of specifica-
to withdraw the offer, on motion of Di-
tions for the purchase of new bus tokens
to fill a shortage in the number required rector Coburn.
for daily use, on motion of Director Bar- • Approved lease of property adjoin-
ber. ing Division 4 terminal at Seminary Ave.
• Approved district membership in the and San Leandro St., Oakland, for tempo-
American Transit Association, on motion rary storage of surplus bus equipment,
of Direct<jr Barber. on motion of Vice President Copeland.

TRANSIT TIMES BULK RATE


Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District U.S. POSTAGE
1106 Broadway
Oakland 7, California PAID
Ookland, Calif.
Permit No. 2105

Form 3547 Reques t ed