Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 7:20 pm in Uncategorized.
AC Transit is having its 50th birthday today. Yes. it’s a half century since the public transit system began service, replacing the privately owned and defunct Key System that ran buses, ferries, and trolleys in East Bay neighborhoods and and across the Bay.
It hardly seems like a happy time for the public bus system, which plans two more service cuts this year and continues court battles with its labor union over cost-cutting measures.
Still, it’s worth a moment to reflect on its half century of service.
In a press released posted on its Web site, AC Transit quotes 87-year-old Oakland resident Martin Huff talking about the transit system. He was the first paying passenger to board an AC Transit bus in 1960.
“We were looking forward to AC Transit as an improvement in the system,” Huff said. “It has fulfilled my expectations.”