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IJ Mrs. Laura Lee Rikli . . . tells me regularly. The efficiency of the service
NEW EXECUTIVES- that she is soon to be "bumped" off of has been a constant source of delight,
Assuming new posts the F line to Berkeley . . . believe me we and it occurred to me that you might
this month were, from all feel pretty sad about this ... as we like to hear from one of your passengers
left: H. D. White, assis- have gotten to like her very much and who does not have a complaint. The
tant general manager
for operations; H. M. she is also an excellent driver . . . we scheduling of express buses during peak
Davis, assistant general wish you would reconsider and let her hours, the efficiency and courtesy dis-
manager for personnel; stay on the F Line with us, please. played by your drivers, the availability
C. M. Taylor, assistant Mrs. Halley C. Conklin of information are all evidence that you
general manager for ad- are running a first-class operation ...
ministration. St. Joseph College of Nursing
San Francisco Mrs. Lillian Nurmela
Oakland

Executives named to new posts ... I had thought of writing to commend


Three of AC Transit's veteran execu- portation analyst in 1959 and was named driver Roy Williams . .. I became moti- ... I wish to commend the bus driver,
tives assumed new posts this month as operations assistant to the general man- vated to action only when I learned he 0064 (Jack Hegarty), on the A bus com-
assistant general managers. ager in 1962. Previously, he was associ- was being "bumped" from this route ing from Oakland. A child ran into the
In making the appointments, Alan L. ated with Continental Trailways and (Line 51)! . . . I am going to miss him street and his reaction was swift and
Bingham, general manager, said the Gibson Lines and was superintendent of . . . and I'm not the only one who will efficient in stopping the bus . . .
changes were made to better define areas operations for Barrett Transportation miss him . . . He knows his "regulars" Mrs. John H. Dietrich
of authority and responsibility and to Company in San Francisco . and watches for them . .. My stomach San Francisco
streamline the District's administrative He entered the transportation indus- appreciates him too-unlike many driv-
set-up. try in 1943 as a bus driver for Burlington ers, he doesn't drive the bus as if it were
Appointed assistant general manager Trailways. a tank climbing the Rockies-my break-
for operations was H. D. White, who Formerly on the executive staff of Key fast and I get to our destination intact
took over responsibility for coordination System Transit Lines, Davis, 55, became -and on time! .. We want Mr. \Vil- The additional route R-F trip got off
and administration of transportation, personnel manager when the transit dis- Iiams back. to a bad start by using the ancient bus
schedule and maintenance departments. trict went into operation in 1960. He was Mrs. Charles C. Wood #2003 ... The bus leaves much to be
H. M. Davis, as assistant general man- named executive assistant to the general Alameda desired in comfort, especially since the
ager for personnel, has responsibilities manager in 1962. (We appreciate such commendations heating system was not operating prop-
which include the personnel department, Taylor, 57, was the first employee of and thoughtfulness, but under union re- erly ...
safety and training, employment and the District, serving first as recording quirements, drivers select their own runs Rodney L. Siemiller
labor negotiations. He also directs main- secretary and later, as administration of- on basis of seniority and AC Transit has Fremont
tenance of building and grounds . ficer. He has been District secretary and no ;urisdiction over line assignments. (We have been engaged since 1960 in
As assistant general manager for ad- administrative assistant to the general - Ed.) upgrading the bus fleet and now have
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ministration, G. M. Taylor will plan, co- manager. 402 new coaches in operation, enough
ordinate and direct administrative proj- Before joining the District in 1957, to cover all but peak-hour needs. Fifteen
ects and functions. He will also continue Taylor was associated with civic activi- ... I have been commuting from Oak- more buses are On order. Older units will
as secretary of the District. ties and problems of cities and their land to San Francisco and this is the he retired as new coaches are procured.
White, 41, joined AC Transit as trans- growth. first time I have ridden the AC buses -Ed.)
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I] Mrs. Laura Lee Rikli . . . tells me regularly. The efficiency of the service
NEW EXECUTIVES- that she is soon to be "bumped" off of has been a constant source of delight,
Assuming new posts ~ the F line to Berkeley ... believe me we and it occurred to me that you might
this month were, from all feel pretty sad about this . .. as we like to h ear from one of your passengers
left: H. D . White, assis- have gotten to like her very much and who does not have a complaint. The
tant general manager
for operations; H. M. she is also an excellent driver . . . we scheduling of express buses during peak
Davis, assistant general wish you would reconsider and let her hours, the efficiency and courtesy dis-
manager for personnel; stay on the F Line with us, please. played by your drivers, the availability
G. M. Taylor, assistant Mrs. Halley C. Conklin of information are all evidence that you
general manager for ad- are running a first-class operation . ..
ministration. St. Joseph College of Nursing
San Francisco Mrs. Lillian Nurmela
Oakland

Executives named to new posts . .. I had thought of writing to commend


Three of AC Transit's veteran execu- portation analyst in 1959 and was named driver Roy Williams . .. I became moti- . . . I wish to commend the bus driver,
tives assumed new posts this month as operations assistant to the general man- vated to action only when I learned he 0064 (Jack Hegarty) , on the A bus com-
assistant general managers. ager in 1962. Previously, he was associ- was being "bumped" from this route ing from Oakland. A child ran into the
In making the appointments, Alan L. ated with Continental Trailways and (Line 51)! . . . I am going to miss him street and his reaction was swift and
Bingham, general manager, said the Gibson Lines and was superintendent of . . . and I'm not the only one who will efficient in stopping the bus . . .
changes were made to better define areas operations for Barrett Transportation miss him . . . He knows his "regulars" Mrs . John H. Dietrich
of authority and responsibility and to Company in San Francisco. and watches for them ... My stomach San Francisco
streamline the District's administrative He entered the transportation indus- appreciates him too-unlike many driv-
set-up. try in 1943 as a bus driver for Burlington ers, he doesn't drive the bus as if it were
Appointed assistant general manager Trailways. a tank climbing the Rockies-my break-
for operations was H. D . White, who Formerly on the executive staff of Key fast and I get to our destination intact
took over responsibility for coordination System Transit Lines, Davis, 55, became -and on time! . . We want Mr. Wil- The additional route R-F trip got off
and administration of transportation, personnel manager when the transit dis- liams back. to a bad start by using the ancient bus
schedule and maintenance departments. trict went into operation in 1960. He was Mrs. Charles C. Wood #2003 .. . The bus leaves much to be
H. M. Davis, as assistant general man- named executive assistant to the general Alameda desired in comfort, especially since the
ager for personnel, has responsibilities manager in 1962. (We appreciate s1tch commendations heating system was not operating prop-
which include the personnel department, Taylor, 57, was the first employee of and thoughtfulness, but under union 're- erly . . .
safety and training, employment and the District, serving first as recording quirements, drivers select their own runs Rodney L. Siemiller
labor negotiations. He also directs main- secretary and later, as administration of- on, basis of seniority and AC Transit has Fremont
tenance of building and grounds. ficer. He has been District secretary and no jurisdiction over line assignments. (We have been engaged since 1960 in
As assistant general manager for ad- administrative assistant to the general -Ed.) upgrading the bus fleet and now have
ministration, G. M. Taylor will plan, co- manager. 402 new coaches in operation, enough
ordinate and direct administrative proj- Before joining the District in 1957, to cover all but peak-hour needs. Fifteen
ects and functions. He will also continue Taylor was associated with civic activi- . . . I have been commuting from Oak- more buses are on order. Older units will
as secretary of the District. ties and problems of cities and their land to San Francisco and this is the be retired as new coaches are procured.
White, 41, joined AC Transit as trans- growth. first time I have ridden the AC buses -Ed.)
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Radio diverts buses during crisis
Invaluable efficiency of the two-way man, transportation superintendent at
Residents introduced radio system to AC Transit and its riders Emeryville Division, were called in to
was proven again when an airplane hit join two supervisors on duty and with

To service extension the Bay Bridge on a February Sunday,


closing the span for three hours.
the radio as a communication "key," kept
the buses rolling and prevented what
The radio, coordinated with on-the- would have otherwise been a shut-down
By women operators spot activities of supervisors, kept buses
on the move and enabled passengers to
of trans bay operations.
1,' reach San Francisco via a "two-bridge
], tour." New records add to
In all, buses on 10 transbay lines were
DOOR-TO-DOOR - AC Transit bus driver diverted to the terminal at Yerba Buena District experience
Priscilla Crap gives information on extension
of Maxwell Park Line 87 to Mrs. Jerry Nunn, and San Pablo Aves., where extra The District could add three new rec-
5418 Brookdale Ave., while Jerry, Jr., 4j{" coaches picked up passengers and took ords to its operating experience this
considers possibility of route map. them to San Francisco by way of the month.
Richmond-San Rafael and Golden Gate Transbay revenue set a new high on
Two women operators have paid a this neighborhood." bridges. March 4 of $22,648.45, boosted by race-
"neighborly call" on residents in East The letter included a simple map and The trip took an hour and 15 minutes, track fans making use of special service
Oakland to invite them to make use of details of how riders could transfer on but over 300 riders were kept "on the to Golden Gate Fields in Albany. The
service improvements inaugurated this MacArthur to transbay Line N to San move," disembarking at the Transbay last high of $22,307 was collected on
month on Maxwell Park Line 87. Francisco, intercity express Line 34 to Transit Terminal. Nov. 3.
The drivers, Mrs. Priscilla Grap and downtown Oakland, East Oakland and The radio also was used to turn East Bay intercity express lines tal-
Mrs. Neysa Harford, switched from San Leandro, and crosstown Line 57- around coaches temporarily caught in lied a fare box record on Feb. 23, with
driving to doorbell ringing to personally 57C. the traffic at the toll plaza and divert $3,409.20, surpassing the former record
distribute information on the bus line The operators also handed out sched- them to the Yerba Buena transfer point. of $3,353.01 collected on Dec. 4.
extension. ules for the service, along with route Two other buses were trapped in traffic Alameda-Oakland Express Line 35
Working three days, they called on maps. They found the work "hard on the between the toll plaza and the accident, continued to show healthy growth, with
over 1500 homes, explaining the line's legs, with too many steps," but enjoyable but drivers were informed of the situa- a riding high of 227 passengers on March
extension via 55th Ave. to MacArthur and rewarding in reaction from pleased tion and could tell passengers the reason 5. The peak-hour commuter express has
Blvd. to provide direct connections with residents,who were unanimous in their for the delay. had a riding increase of 97 percent dur-
trans bay, intercity express and crosstown praise for the personal call and the serv- Four extra supervisors and Dale Good- ing three months of operation.
buses. ice improvement.
Residents received a printed letter, Residents who were not at home re-
with the heading: "AC Transit intro- ceived the same information in a pink
duces new bus service for residents of "doorknob hanger." PREVIEW BY EXPERTS-Members of the
Oakland Chamber of Commerce Community
Betterment and Cultural Advancement Com-
mittee consider scenic attractions for AC
Transit's summer sightseeing tour. From
Award for maintenance excellence left: Frank Crosb/{, executive vice president,
Oakland Real Estate Board; Mrs. Harold
Presented for sixth consecutive year Jewett, Jr., president, Oakland Junior
AC Transit will collect its sixth award ter performance. League; Roger Jacoby, committee chairman;
for excellence in equipment maintenance Judging is based on achievements in Alan L. Bingham, general manager, AC
Transit, and Mrs. Frances Albrier, president,
next month, again receiving one of the low maintenance costs, high percentage Negro Historical and Cultural Societlj. The
coveted honors in the industry, the Fleet of miles per road call, efficiency in shop District's tour will operate Mal{ 30 through
Owner Maintenance Efficiency Award. procedures and practices; fuel and oil Sept. 2.
The award, made by Fleet Owner, na- consumption and trouble-free mileage.
tional trade magazine, is a tribute to Accepting the award in Chicago April
efforts to improve maintenance proce- 3 will be A. R. Lucchesi, assistant gener-
dures and to develop new ideas for bet- al maintenance superintendent.
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Retirement posted for old-timers
Leisure time holds no problems for press Line 32 at time of Feb. 1 retire-
four District veterans, who have been ment. He plans to travel and to do some
added to retirement lists. fishing and hunting.
Lucien W. Bulette, 62, who raises For M. ]. Merkel, 66, 3058 Fruitvale
Cornish Bantam chickens at his home, Ave. retirement effective April 1 means
769 Elgin St., San Lorenzo, has a busy more time to concentrate on his hobby,
schedule ahead, showing the best of his "buying and selling stocks."
breed at different fairs. A utility service employee at Emery-
He already has a collection of blue ville Division, working the 6 p.m. to 2
ribbons and trophies and plans to add a.m. shift, Merkel has parked thousands
to them by concentrating on more line of buses and would like "a cent for every
breeding. gallon of diesel I've pumped."
Bulette, who retired Feb. 1, became Rudolph V. Gilbertson, due to retire
a bus driver in April, 1944 and has "met May 1 after his 64th birthday, has had
a lot of nice people." He spent most of plans interrupted by a back injury suf- FIRST SAN PABLO STATlON-A rare photo from the collection of the late C. M. Smitt,
his driving years on Line 57. fered on a road call. He lives at 1721 KelJ Stfstem trainmaster, shows the "new" shingled San Pablo station, built in 1904 for the
equally new Piedmont train, second of the Key Route's lines. Light gravel in foreground
Tony N. Costa, 65, fellow driver at Emeric St., San Pablo, and expects to marks road bed of California and Nevada Railroad, one of the ancestors of todalJ's AC
Seminary Division, started his career as "visit around a bit. I haven't had a Transit bus network.
an electrician in the Emeryville shop, chance to see too much." A mechanic
working on general maintenance. He at Richmond Division, Gilbertson started
switched to driving in 1958 and was work in 1948 as a cleaner. As a hobby, Death comes to former transit workers
working the transbay R Line and Ex- he "assembles" artificial plants.
Ralph E. Hawes, 67, veteran central Leslie W. Mathews, 76, of 722 Lassen
dispatcher who "hung up" over 41 years St., Richmond, died Feb. 4. He entered
These teen-agers are the "greatest" of service before retiring on Aug. 1, 1965,
died on Feb. 20 at Yucaipa, Calif.
service in 1916, working at Northern Di-
vision as a conductor. He became a bus
Another AC Transit driver has found Mr. Hawes began work as a street car driver in 1935, taking leave to serve as
high school youngsters are the "greatest" operator in 1923 and became a bus driver financial secretary and treasurer of the
-and passengers to "really miss" when a year later. He worked as an inspector Carmen's Union from Nov. 1944, until
switching from one line to another. and supervisor before inaugurating Cen- he was pensioned July 1, 1951.
Carl E. Swanson, 979 91st Ave., Oak- tral Dispatch on April 25, 1943. He William L. Hill, 86, of 935 Arlington
land, driver at Seminary Division, took worked the first shift-a shift he retained Ave., Oakland, pensioned Aug. 16, 1950,
advantage of his seniority to drop a until he was pensioned. He left the Dis- from the Emeryville shops as a Class A
school bus run from St. Joseph's Notre trict to let his "itchy feet" take him on truckman, died Jan. 14. He had entered
Dame High School in Alameda before trailering trips around the country. service Jan. 18, 1919.
he knew how much it meant to his teen-
aged riders.
His departure didn't go unnoticed.
Some of the youngsters brought a cake
Bus passengers ride safer than ever
inscribed: "Sorry to see you go." Others Passengers who rode AC Transit buses last operation gained 5.7 percent.
year not only rode safer than ever-but safer Traffic accident frequency is based on
presented him with cards. A poster of than the average traveler in the United number of accidents per 100,000 miles,
one of the "Seven Dwarfs" said simply: States. while passenger accident frequency is de-
"Bye Bye." While traffic accidents nationally contin- termined on occurrences per million passen-
ued to climb, the District reversed the trend gers carried.
It was a sentimental experience for with a decrease for 1967, according to G. G. The District operated 24,168,810 miles in
Swanson, who simultaneously celebrated Wadsworth, safety engineer. 1967, an increase of 1.4 percent over the
Traffic accident frequency was reduced 5.0 year before. The safety record was based on
his 12th anniversary as a bus driver. percent, while passenger accident frequency 59,573,439 passengers, including fares, trans-
"Those kids are wonderful. I sure hate dropped 1.1 percent. Miles of accident-free fers and those riding on passes.
to leave them."
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The street-car men, who once piloted other jobs. Many died young and some 1,080,000
clanking cars over neighborly streets, died tragically. \ r 1968
have rung many a bell in memory, but
hardly with more detail than that chron-
icled by Ray M. Trackwell, 77, of 15059
Edgemoor St., San Leandro.
"Life didn't look good to Motorman
____________________________after a triangle affair, so
he shot himself.
"--------___________________ got a bride from the
1,060,000

1,040,000

1,020,000
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\ 1967
1966
1,000,000
A motorman from 1912 until 1933 and east through a marriage bureau. She shot
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in 1959, Trackwell has kept a "little Trackwell found many interesting
black book" on "notes and anecdotes of sidelights .
a half-century of street-carring." " ________ __________ worked Leona Line several
The diary lists the men he worked
with: street-car men; bus drivers, super-
years. He had an unusual hobby for a
man. Tatting and doing it well."
Operating experience on upswing
intendents; inspectors; supervisors; re- One man raised canaries on the side; Riding and revenue on East Bay and trans bay lines moved solidly into
pairmen and office force. another raised pigeons. A third supplied the black during January, indicating an upward swing in growth pattern.
From his few lines, the men of re- squabs for a hotel. Another raised ber-
membrance become very human.
Rider revenue for the month totaled $1,184,159, an increase of $58,068
ries. A conductor left his job to become
" _____________," for instance, "was too a lighthouse keeper on the Farallones or 5.16 percent over year ago passenger revenue of $1,126,091. Revenue on
fond of the bottle and lost his job from and "even persuaded his bride to share East Bay lines was up 4.30 percent, while transbay patronage continues to
running a red light while under the in- his loneliness." show gains with an increase of 6.33 percent. Commute book sales totaled
fluence. Excitement appears frequently. $207,615, an increase of 7.0 percent over year-ago sales of $193,991.
"Shotgun ________________ has a short temper. "____________________ , I remember how alarmed The number of passengers carried during the month reached 4,480,643,
His most unusual accident happened he was when a young extra motorman up 4.59 percent compared to the January, 1967, passenger tally of 4,283,-
near Hayward when his ca~ skia€led into backed up too fast with him riding on 931. East Bay riding was up 4.24 percent and transbay riding showed an
a big road roller. To avoid the crash, he the fender holding the rope. Didn't stop increase of 5.56 percent.
jumped to the ground, but got a broken until ____________________ ________ 's rump broke the Operation costs during the month totaled $1,400,831, an increase of
leg anyway. window of the car behind. Close call." $104,] 37 or 8.03 percent over costs of $1,296,694 for the same month a
" ____ _______________________ was considered a fast Trackwell, remembers many of his fel-
year ago. The District operated 2,047,988 miles of service, an increase of
man. In fact, he spun two-car trains low workers with fondness and admira-
around curves too fast for comfort. Fur-
84,225 miles or 4.29 percent compared to the same month in 1967.
tion. One of them was "Bunco Joe" Mc-
ther examination proved he was insane Namara, familiar to all old-timers. His Total income of $1,590,717 was sufficient to cover operational costs, de-
and had to be sent up." recollections of "Bunco Joe" will be car- preciation and bond debt requirements.
Trackwell's record indicates many of ried in a subsequent issue of Transit The transit industry nationally indicated a riding decrease for January
the men worked briefly and went on to Times. of 1.06 percent.
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At an adjourned regular meeting Feb.
28, the Board of Directors: TransiHimes
• Approved establishment of positions Published monthly by the
of assistant general manager; changed ALAMEDA-CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT DISTRICT
title from director to manager of research Latham Square Building - 508 Sixteenth Street
Oakland, California 94.612 - Telephone 654-7878
and planning; allocated former salaries BOARD OF DIRECTORS
to new positions without change, on mo- JOHN McDONNELL . . Presidenf
Ward III
tion of Director Coburn. (See story, WILLIAM E. BERK . . . . . Vice President
Pg. 4) Ward II
ROBERT M. COPELAND . . Director at Large
• Established supervision and man- RAY H. RINEHART . . . . . Director at Large
WILLIAM H . COBURN, JR . . . . . . Ward I
agement of Claims Department as re- WM. J. BETTENCOURT . . . . . . . Ward IV
E. GUY WARREN . . . . . . . . . Ward V
sponsibility of General Manager, on mo-
ADMINISTRATIVE OF.FICERS
tion of Director Berk. ALAN L. BTNGHAM . . . . General Manager
ROBERT E. NISBET . . . . . . . . Attorney
• Referred letters from Association of JOHN F. LARSON . . . . Treasurer-Controller
GEORGE M. TAYLOR. . . . . . . Secretary
Independent Districts and retention of DENNIS J. O'CONNOR . Public Information Mgr.
District membership in association to ~ ____________ 4~ 9 ____________ ~

Public Relations Committee, on motion


At a regular meeting March 13, the
of Director Copeland. Board of Directors:
• Adopted resolution approving job • Adopted resolution cancelling mem-
descriptions, on motion of Director War- bership in Association of Independent
ren. District, on motion of Director Copeland.

Workers welcomed to District ranks


New District workers are: Seminary Division
Emeryville Division Bus Operators: H . D. Hartley, Ala-
Bus Operators: W . P. Damato, Rich- meda; L. H. Abrahamson, San Leandro;
mond; J. D. Brodnax and C. R. Sorenson, H. R. Shore, Castro Valley; M. J. Fur-
Oakland; J. T. Lennear, Berkeley. long, Walnut Creek.
Maintenance: Ronald E . Kramlich, San
Pablo; Wilson Wiley, Alameda, service Richmond wins treat
employees.
Drivers at Richmond Division tallied
Richmond Division 16,502 miles per accident in February to
Bus Operators: Sterling Stewart, Berke- beat the safety goal of 12,900 miles-and
ley; G. T. Thomas, Richmond ; Gerhard win a treat of coffee and doughnuts. It
Klamp, San Leandro. was the first "win" since September.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District


Latham Square Building
Oakland, California 94612

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