Today I received an advisory announcing that on Friday, AC Transit would be celebrating the demise of its predecessor, the Key System.
Ok, they’re not cheering the end of “one of the most efficient transportation systems in the world, which also marked the beginning of AC Transit (insert superlative here), but they are drawing a rather odd comparison:
More than commemorate the passing of the Key Route era, they will assert the need to go “Back-to-the-Future” with the kind of hi-tech rapid bus system that has revitalized public transportation from Los Angeles and Boston to Bogota, Columbia, Brazil and Australia.
“They took away the Key Route system but not its passengers, and our regional public transportation has never been the same,” said (AC Transit Assistant General Manager Mary) King. “It is time to return to a fast, reliable system that we all know will work.”
On the one hand, I don’t have to look very hard for someone to agree with that assertion about needing a fast, reliable system. On the other hand, I have trouble making the jump from BRT to the Key System.
Because I haven’t been around the East Bay for that long, I’d love to hear what people have to say about the old system, its successor and how the two compare.
Photo of Key streetcar in 1954 from www.alameda.com.