Important Dates in Transportation History

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JANUARY

1/15-16/1939 Key System began operating trains over the lower deck of the Oakland Bay bridge to San Francisco and the East Bay Terminal (Now the Transbay Terminal). At the time Sacramento Northern and SP Interurban Electric Trains also used the lower deck of the bridge.(Futher research on this topic indicates that IER may have begun service on Jan 15, while Key System began service on Jan 16.)

FEBRUARY

2/28/1941 Northwestern Pacific ended their Marin County Interurban service and their passenger ferry service from Marin County to San Francisco.

MARCH

3/3/1958 the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) takes over Metropolitan Coacl Lines (MCL), Asbury Rapid Transit, and Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL)

3/6/1974 Amtrak begins operating San Joaquin train service between Oakland and Bakersfield through the Central Valley of California.

3/7/1977 The GT Sonoma enters service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

3/26/2004 The MV Golden Gate is retired after 34 years of service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

3/31/1963 the LAMTA closed the book on electric street car and trolley bus operations in Los Angeles with the conversion of lines R, S, V, P, J, 2 and 3 to motor coach.

APRIL

4/9/1961 the LAMTA ended operations on the LA to Long Beach interurban line. This was the last line of the once extensive Pacific Electric System.

4/20/1958 Last day for Key Systems train service.

MAY

5/1/1971 The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) began operating. (The first Amtrak Train was the "Clocker" train 235 departing Penn Station in New York City at 12:05 am bound for Washington D.C.)

5/16/44 Voters approve Merger of Market Street Railway and the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

JUNE

6/8/1981 Golden Gate Transit Begins service on line 66 from the bridge Plaza to Daly City BART. The line was canceled in 1982 after MUNI rerouted lien 28 to Dalay City.

JULY

7/26/1941 The Interurban Electric Railway (IER), former SP Imterurban Electric, line to Berkeley was shut down, ending IER's service.

7/30/1981 Amtrak's last Superliner Sleeper (Built by Pullman Standard) named the George M. Pullman enters service as Pullman Standard ends passenger car manufacturing.

AUGUST

8/1/1974 Norwalk Transit System (Norwalk, CA) begins operation.

8/13/1900 Collis P. Huntington Dies.

8/13/1959 Former SP ferry boat Berkeley is towed to Sausalito to become a Trade Fair. The boat is latter donated to the San Diego Maritime Museum.

8/15/1970 Golden Gate Transit places Motor Vessel (MV) Golden Gate in service between Sausalito and San Francisico bringing Ferry service back to Marin County.

SEPTEMBER

9/8/1998 The MV Del Norte enters service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

9/10/1967 The new Greyhound/SCRTD Station opens in Los Angeles, at the time the largest privately owned transit terminal in the United States. (Source: The Booster - United Transit Boosters 1967)

9/10/2001 The MV Mendocino enters service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

9/11/1972 Ground Breaking for El Monte Station.

9/11/1972 The Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) began service from Mac Arthur Station in Oakland to the Fremont Station.

9/12/1977 The GT San Francisco enters service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

9/15/1963 The last bus, LAMTA 2769 (1950 TDH-5103), was the last bus to leave the 6th and Main Street Station in Los Angeles at 2:15am. This was the end for the terminal which had been built in 1911 for the Pacific Electric. (Source: The Booster - United Transit Boosters 1963)

9/19/1982 Last day of regular PCC Car service on the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Since then MUNI has begun opertaing PCC once again on the F-Line.

9/21/1982 Last day of Cable Car service in San Francisco before a 20 month shutdown and complete rebuild of the system.

9/29/1944 Market Street Railway is merged into the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

9/30/1951 Pacific Electric officially abandons Norther District four track mainline due to expansion of the Ramona Parkway (now San Bernardino Freeway) in Downtown Los Angeles.

OCTOBER

10/22/1961 Key System Bridge Units leave Bay Area for Argentina.

10/23/1957 Southern Pacific Donates ferry boat Eureka to San Francisco Maritime Museum.

NOVEMBER

11/5/1964 The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) takes over the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) at 10:03am. (Source: The Booster - United Transit Boosters 1964)

11/10/1969 Legislation is past changing the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District into the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

DECEMBER

12/11/1976 GT Marin enters service for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. On the same day GGT opened their new Larkspur Ferry Terminal.



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