Several departments were an reached either from the present Purchasing Department from its
the move in the District last month elevator lobby at 425 S. Main cramped quarters at South Park to
with Employee Activities, Transit Street, or through a recently a spacious new location, also just
Police and Purchasing depart- opened lobby at 124 West Fourth off the Fourth Street elevator
Who's ments all relocating their base of
All three departments have
Street. Ample signs have been put
up to guide employees to these
lobby. While the Stores Ware-
house will remain at South Park,
Purchasing and Inventory Control
moved into recently leased space All telephone extensions will re- will now operate out of District
on of the fourth floor of District Head-
quarters at 425 S. Main Street in
downtown Los Angeles. The newly
main the same.
The Employee Activities Depart-
ment, under the direction of Diane
Transit Police Chief Jim Burgess
renovated area stretches from be- has consolidated his officers and
hind the Dispatch Center and Delaney, will occupy a set of Of- administrative personnel in one lo-
fourth? Telephone Information Depart-
ment to Spring Street in what is
known as the Farmers and Mer-
fices in the northeast corner of the
floor. From the Fourth Street eleva-
tors, turn left and you are right
cation just adjacent to the existing
Radio Dispatch Center. Previous-
ly, Transit Police were located at
chants Building. Division 2 with administration han-
The new locations can be Maynard Walters relocated the dled from District Headquarters.
Southern California Rapid Transit District
Volume 8, Number 11 November 1981
Work continues on Grumman retrofit
When RTD officials made the Yet, 11 months after the action ent evaluations of the GFC retrofit figuration.
decision to ground all 230 of the was taken, in conjunction with repair program have apparently "Grumman has agreed to use
District's Grumman-Flxible 870 transit properties in New York and cast some doubts as to the caliber the single plate reinforcement an
model buses last December 13 Chicago who grounded 637 and of work being done an District the remaining buses to be re-
due to serious structural defects in 205 buses, respectively, nearly buses. paired, and we have given them
the vehicle's undercarriage, no- half of the district's fleet of 870s According to Manager of Oper- notice that we will require the first
body suspected it would be more still are awaiting repairs. ations Sam Black, the single most 105 buses to be reconfigured in
than a year before the buses were Further complicating the situa- important issue that appears to be this way," Black said.
repaired and returned to service. tion, the results of two independ- in question as a result of studies The District is also seeking
done by New York Transit Authori- $150,000 from Grumman Flxible
ty and New Jersey Transit is the Corporation to cover its casts for
eMinor service adjustments subject of the reinforcement an
the rear cross member of the
storing the 870s while waiting for a
repair program to be developed
combat revenue shortfall A-frame.
(lt was cracks in the A-frame, a
triangular steel assembly which
and implemented, to cover the
cost of bringing retired District
buses back into service and to
Service modifications on 18 Dis- to approve all or part of the recom- supports the bus body above the cover the cost of having District
trict lines, planned to be imple- mended service modifications. rear axle, which initially led to the personnel monitor and inspect the
mented in December, was the Those adopted will be imple- buses being taken out of service). retrofit procedure.
topic of a public hearing held Oc- mented an Sunday, December 20. "The first 105 of the District's With more than 2,600 GFC 870s
tober 28 in the Board Room at Dis- Lines recommended for sus- buses were repaired with a three- sold to transit properties in some
trict Headquarters. pension include 306 (Manchester plate configuration which requires 20 cities, it is estimated that the
lnterested citizens and repre- Compton blvds.), 495 (El Monte welds in a very high-stressed retrofit program will cost Grum-
sentatives of community organiza- Express), 512 (Crenshaw Center- area," said Black in a report to the man some $50 million. Primarily an
tions expressed concern over the Warner Center Express), 514 District's Board of Directors. "In aerospace manufacturer best
service adjustments which were (Warner Center-Wilshire District order to avoid these high stressed known for its military aircraft,
recommended by District staff to Express) and 874 (San Pedro-Port welds, the NYCTA and NJT stud-
help offset an anticipated $14-16 0' Call). ies recommend a single plate con- (Please turn to page 3)
million revenue shortfall in Fiscal
The staff recommendation in-
cluded elimination of five lines that
are presently duplicated by other
RTD routes, and schedule and
route revisions on 13 other lines.
These adjustments are in addition
to minor schedule modifications to
be made in December an other
sp "Most of the adjustments under
consideration are minor in nature
and would result in a small in-
crease in the scheduled time be-
tween buses," said General Man-
ager John Dyer. "The reduction in
service is sought because of a de-
crease in ridership an the affected
Dyer said the proposed service
economies could save the District
an estimated $4 - 5 million in
Fiscal '82, helping to cover an an-
ticipated $14 - 16 million revenue
shortfall that will result from an
overall decline in ridership since
the July 1 fare increase.
When combined with other
schedule modifications and serv-
ice improvements, the proposed
economies could net the District
an $11.5 million savings in Fiscal
Following the public hearing,
the Board of Directors may decide ON THE ROAD AGAIN — Grummans in storage awaiting repair, and (inset) the infamous A-frame before (left) and after (right).
Page 2 Headway
Center is worth its weight in claims
Just about everything you buy
these days comes with a warranty
Real honest people that covers defects in workman-
Division 8 bus Operator Syl- ship or operation and buses are
vanus Williams has learned that no exception.
real people make mistakes, too, The big difference is that the
but they know how to treat an hon- district has one man whose job it
est man. A 15-year veteran with is to see that all provisions of all
the District, Williams was working warranty contracts for all new
the 93 line, heading southbound buses purchased in the last few
at Cahuenga, when he noticed an years are honored.
envelope left at a bus bench. His name is Mike Deghetto and
Thinking it was an unmailed let- the shelves lining the walls of his
ter that a patron had accidentally large South Park Shops office are
left behind, Williams retrieved the crammed with defective parts —
envelope. That was when he dis- MV KATER 1 M.
worth more than $100,000 to the
covered it had already been ONLY
District. (The parts are awaiting
opened and inside was a check shipment to the appropriate man-
for $370. ufacturer).
The check was made out to Skip The purpose of the Warranty
Stevenson, one of the hosts of the Processing Center is to administer
"Real People" television show. the warranty provisions of each
Williams called the production bus purchase contract, explains
company listed on the check and, Deghetto, a Maintenance Supervi-
eventually, the check was re- sor 1, who devised and set up the
turned to Stevenson. To show his center.
appreciation, Skip sent Williams To get some idea of the scope
four of the popular "Real People" of work being funneled through
T-shirts plus tickets to watch the the center, consider that for the
show being taped. District's order of 940 General
Optimistic Operator Motors RTS-II-04 buses alone,
Passengers on Division 7 oper- more than 8,230 warranty claims
ator John Saunders' bus may not have been filed at a total value of
realize it, but they are being more than $321,500.
chauffeured around by a Lieuten- And, more than $600,000 in
ant Governor. warranty reimbursements are ex-
Beginning October 1, Saunders pected this year for all equipment
is serving as Lt. Governor for Zone under warranty.
15 of the Optimist Club. As such, The center was established just
Saunders, who has been with the over one year ago as a result of
District since 1975, will supervise the large numbers of new buses
club activities for 10 Optimist the District was ordering or in the
clubs in the Monterey Park and process of receiving. Deghetto vi-
Pasadena areas. A member of the sited each maintenance division
Altadena Optimist Club since to familiarize mechanics and su-
1973, Saunders served as that pervisory personnel with the cen-
club's president in 1977-78. ter's operation and to keep them
Prior to joining the District, John informed as to which vehicles are
completed a 20-year career in the still under warranty.
Air Force, the last eight of which "The first level work is done by
he spent as a recruiter stationed at the mechanics at the divisions,"
1041 S. Broadway, directly across said Deghetto. "When they find a
the street from RTD's former head- damaged or defective part on a Mike Deghetto
quarters. He and his bride of 32 vehicle still under warranty, they
years, Vivian, have six children replace it with a spare part, tag it "The District collects for labor at ter's operation. "lt enables us to
(three of each) and six grandchil- and fill out a preliminary warranty an A-mechanic's rate plus 46 per- collect reimbursement for warrant-
dren. claim form and send the whole cent for overhead," said Deghetto. able defects, and it allows us to
thing to me." "We are reimbursed also for the chart each defect and keep track
Deghetto completes the paper cost of the part plus 25 percent of recurring defects in the fleet."
work and meets with a manufac- overhead." Leahy said that if the same de-
turers representative to evaluate The basic warranty on a bus is fect occurs in 20 percent of a bus
each and every claim on an indi- for one year of 50,000 miles. model fleet, it is considered a fleet
vidual Basis. 1f the claim is consid- The Warranty Processing Cen- defect. Under the provisions of the
ered valid by the factory rep, the ter has yielded two immediate re- warranty contract, the manufactur-
District is reimbursed by the man- sults for us," said Mike Leahy, as- er is obligated to insure that the
ufacturer for the part and the labor sistant director of Equipment Engi- defect will not occur in the remain-
it took to remove and replace it. neering, which oversees the cen- der of the coaches. This is gener-
ally done by replacing or repairing
the part in question.
Old coaches neuer die . . The A-frame cracks which have
plagued the Grumman Flxible
870s, and the resulting retrofit pro-
. . . some go to museums gram established and paid for by
the manufacturer, is an example ole
a fleet defect on a major scale, ex-
The District has found some un- The museum stresses a "hands plains Deghetto.
usual uses for its outmoded on" philosophy with its exhibits But there have been others on a
coaches in recent months. Some that allows young visitors to walk lesser scale.
J.D. Saunders have been retired in elaborate cer- through, climb on or touch the "We're the only property I know
emonies, feted for their years of types of items they see all around of that turns in defective tail lights
Energy audit service. Others have been do- them in an urban environment. and headlights when they burn out
Everyone is aware that the 1.3 nated to trade schools to train new The portion of the coach to be too fast," said Deghetto. "By doing
million daily boardings the District mechanics. Still others have been displayed would include the driv- this on the RTS-II we have re-
currently logs equates to a consid- stored as a reserve fleet to be er's seat, farebox, old-style head- vealed a fleet failure in the tail
erable savings in terms of gaso- called up in the event of an energy sign, one seat, handholds and a lights."
line not used. But, the RTD Board emergency. bell to signal a stop is requested. Each bus has six tail lights, said
of Directors has taken energy con- And one will soon be on display Plans call for the Maintenance Deghetto, and they cost $22
servation a step further by order- in a museum. Department to cut and paint an apiece. Multiply that by 940 over
ing a comprehensive energy audit The Board of Directors recently old-look coach for donation to the the lifetime of the bus and it adds
of all District facilities. approved a request from the non- museum. up to a considerable amount of
"Modifications to heating and profit Los Angeles Children's "The loss of revenue from the money spent on tail lights alone.
cooling systems can reduce ener- Museum for the donation of a sur- sale of the coach would be more Deghetto is asking General
gy consumption at District facili- plus coach for display purposes. than compensated for by the good Motors to provide a more durable
ties by as much as 20 to 30 per- The museum, situated in the City will and public relations exposure light for the bus.
cent," said Director Nikolas Pat- Hall Mali at Temple and Main which would be generated by an "1 consider that the entire bus
saouras, a consulting electrical streets, wants to include the front RTD exhibit at a major cultural at- and everything on it is under war-
engineer and expert in energy portion of the coach in its "City traction," Manager of Operations ranty and 1'm not afraid to ask for
(Please turn to page 8) Street Exhibit." Sam Black told the Board. what we've got coming," he said.
Headway Page 3
Gallagher announces Metro Rail stall additions
The appointment of three and Communications on the Section as Supervisor of the ities, including the new $20 million
supervising engineers and a Northeast Corridor Railroad Pro- Transportation Systems Group. Administrative Headquarters Of-
supervising architect to the ject, Becher has done train control He has also worked as a transpor- fice Building.
SCRTD Metro Rail Project has and communications design work tation engineer for several consult-
been announced by Project on transit systems in Dade Coun- ing firms. Ramesh Thakarar has been
Manager and Chief Engineer ty, Florida and Baltimore, Mary- Joseph Taylor (AIA) will serve named Supervising Engineer,
Richard Gallagher. land. as Supervising Architect, Stations Ways and Structures. Thakarar
Joel Sandberg will be the pro- and Planning. Taylor comes to the joined the District last March after
Michael C. Becher has been ject's Supervising Engineer, Sys- District from his position as Chief 81/2 years with the Southeastern
named Supervising Engineer, tems Engineering and Analysis. Architect for the Port of Los Ange- Pennsylvania Transit Authority,
Subsystems. Formerly with De Prior to joining the District, les, where he was responsible for where he was responsible for di-
Leuw Cather Company as Project Sandberg was with the Jet Propul- the management, design and de- recting and managing preliminary
Engineer for Vehicle Train Control sion Lab's Systems Engineering velopment of all architectural facil- and final engineering design.
In the massive Carson facility (top) Grumman workmen labor over District GFC 870s to get them back on the streets. lt
Fixing takes a lot of manpower to berform the retrofit program, because virtually the entire undercarriage is removed in addition to
the engine (below, left). Axle assembly is being removed from the old A-frame (at rear, below, right) while modified A-frame
(foreground) is prepared for installation. At the bottom of the page is a diagram of the 870 undercarriage pinpointing the
the Flxibles parts targeted in the retrofit program, and photo above that shows the four structural assemblies with new steel painted
white. (Photos courtesy Bus World Magazine).
GFC 870s trickle back into service from Carson
(Continued from page 1) ing steel plates to the defective While Grumman's retrofit timeta- September 11 only 116 of the Dis-
Grumman entered the bus build- assemblies. The retrofitting of the ble had projected completion of trict's 870s had returned to serv-
ing business as part of a diversifi- A-frame and other assemblies will the program by late summer, as of ice.
cation attempt. Grumman officials add between 200 and 250 pounds
have blamed the 870's design fail- to the weight of each bus, said
ures on Rohr Industries, the firm Black.
that designed and began produc- In addition, the District has a list
tion on the 870 just prior to Grum- of 15 items ranging from engine
man acquiring it. floor delamination to radiator rear
The District's $130,000 buses support brackets that it wants
had been in service just over Grumman to fix under the vehi-
seven months when they were cle's warranty provisions.
pulled off the streets due to seri- The RTD's 230 GFC 870s are
ous cracks in the A-frames. A rup- being repaired at a facility leased
ture of the A-frame would cause by Grumman in Carson, one of 11
the rear of the bus to "sit down" on such centers set up nationwide to
the rear wheels, bringing the bus implement the retrofit program.
to a halt, as happened in New Also slated to be repaired at the
York City and Santa Monica. Carson plant are 870s belonging
While cracks were detected in to Santa Monica Municipal Bus
only 131 of the District's GFC Company and Orange County
870s, the retrofit repair program is Transit District.
being performed on all 230. As it
turned out, the A-frame cracks
ENGINE CRADLE A FRAME TRUNNION FUEL TANK
proved to be only the tip of the ice-
berg. FRONT MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY
In addition to the much-publiciz-
ed A-frame failures, the vehicles
actually developed cracks in three ,M IEMNSIM••••
other major assemblies that make
up much of the bus undercarriage
— the engine cradle, the front me-
chanical assembly and the trun-
nion (a steel mount which attaches
the A-frame to the rear wall of the
fuel tank and which is important to
the bus's structural integrity).
The retrofit program consists L
mainly of welding several reinforc-
Page 4 Headway
Operator Torrez is a
high-roller . . . at
or on them
By Sheri Goodman
It's not that Division 9 operator wouidn't want to give up any of the
Josh Torrez doesn't spend three," said Torrez, who, after
enough time rolling around during nearly 15 years with the District,
the course of his working day. But, cites creativity as the foremost
the resident of Bell quite often reason he enjoys driving.
spends his off-duty hours on "There's a new situation to be
wheels, also. met at every corner, a unique
At quitting time, and sometimes group of people with a unique set
even during his breaks, this of attitudes," he said. "Keeping ing month, Farah finished third in
40-year-old Cuban native swaps everyone happy and satisfied is a her division, while Torrez demon-
his 11-ton bus for a pair of roller challenge I really enjoy trying to strated his endurance by winning
skates and a coach's cap. meet." the 10-kilometer skating race di-
Torrez renewed his interest Trying to coach a skating team rectly following his competing in day," he advises with a broad grin.
roller skating two years ago when without Funds (team membership the 26-mile event. "Instead of unwinding with a beer,
he and his wife opened a shop, Sir is free) or facilities is another chal- Enrique Quintero, an 18-year- operators should try a good
X Skates on Gage Avenue in Bell. lenge that tests Torrez' creativity. old from Southgate, is the team's skate."
Although he had not skated since He soived the facility problem speediest competitor, according Torrez' current goal is for his
his childhood in Cuba, the veteran by having the team work out along to Torrez. After only one year as a team to become the first United
Operator found it was like riding a a 12-mile bike path that stretches skater, Quintero finished an im- States Amateur Confederation of
bike, once you learn, you don't for- from Bell to El Monte, where Tor- pressive 10th overall in the Long Roller Skaters' chartered outdoor
get. rez works. The team skates from Beach 26-mile event. skating team. Despite its relatively
When several of Torrez' young Bell to El Monte, timing their arrival But, Torrez does not measure short existence, the fledgling team
customers expressed an interest to the end of Torrez' shift. then he his coaching success by how has taken part in a long list of com-
in competing, he rose to the occa- loads them in his car and drives many of his team cross the finish petitive events ranging from thq IIK
sion and organized an outdoor back to Bell. If there are too many line and in what order. 1979 Bell Skatathon, which
speed skating team. Ranging in to squeeze into the car, then the "For two of my kids, one battling sponsored, to the Fiesta del Sol
age from 10 to 18, members of the team gets an extra rigorous work- a serious physical disease and the tournament held in Mexicali, Mexi-
team have skated to victory in sev- out by skating back to Bell. other fighting a learning disability, co, last May.
eral amateur competitions. Torrez said he has grown very skating has been a Godsend," Down the road aways, Torrez
In addition, Torrez and the team fond of the team, which he refers said Torrez. "The mental and hopes to be able to build Amer-
members conduct roller skating to as "my boys" despite the fact physical discipline and dedication ica's first outdoor 200-meter roller
safety clinics throughout the Bell that there is one female on the skating requires, plus the great skating rink with banked speed
area, stressing safe skating tech- squad — 11-year-old Farah, who sense of accomplishment it gener- track in accordance with USACRC
niques and the proper use of safe- also happens to be his daughter ates, are the best therapy imagi- specifications. White this may
ty equipment. and the youngest of his three chil- nable. The doctors said Carlos seem like a rather lofty goal, at the
Between working the 487 line, dren. couldn't have picked a better rate Torrez and his team are roll-
helping his wife, Elga, manage the Both father and daughter have sport." ing along they may reach that goal
shop and coaching the skating excelled in recent competitions. Torrez also believes that skating sooner than you think.
team, Torrez finds his days are Last April in the Magic Mountain has improved the job he does as
quite full. In fact, he said he hasn't 10-kilometer Skatathon, Torrez fin- an operator. A student intern working in the
had a day off since buying the ished second out of the 20 en- "It's great exercise and it really RTD News Bureau, Ms. Goodman
store. trants in his age group. At the helps to eliminate tension and is a senior communications major
"But, I love what I'm doing and I Long Beach Skatathon the follow- stress that builds up during the at UCLA.
Jose Torrez is just as comfortable
rolling along on a pair of skates as
he is at the wheel of his 12-ton bus.
Practicing what he coaches, Josh
takes a tele workout along a bike-
bath beside a riverbed. With Torrez
are speed skating team members
(from left) Tony Garrett, Farah
Torrez (Josh's daughter), Raul
Fernandez and Mark Chanfreau. In
photo at top, Josh times his young
skaters as they whiz past.
Headway Page 5
From buying the land
to building something on it,
Bus Facilities is
Putting it all
Two new operating divisions in in the works or has about off the
the San Fernando Valley. New drawing board, according to
transportation buildings and main- Meyers.
tenance facilities at half a dozen Division 1 — Alameda
locations. A new operating divi- Earlier this year work was com-
sion in East Los Angeles on the pleted on a new $1.3 million trans-
.„/lacy Street Yards. A permanent portation building. The next phase
Ilalite for the South Bay division. And of work planned for the division is
plans for just about everything a new service facility, including a
from a new bus painting shop to a fuel and vacuum building and an
new central maintenance facility. automatic bus washer. Construc-
It's been a busy year for em- tion for that project is set to begin
ployees in the Bus Facilities Engi- in Spring, 1982. Also in the plan-
neering Department, but the result ning stage is a new maintenance
has been a noticeable and dra- building.
matic improvement in District facil- Division 2 — Los Angeles
ities throughout the service area. Work is now completed on a
Modern new structures are replac- $450,000 expansion and rehabili-
ing buildings that, in some in- tation of the transportation build-
stances, have been in service ing. Designs for the rehabilitation
since the turn of the century. and expansion of the present
"For the past few years, the Dis- maintenance building are essen-
trict has been aggressively pursu- tially complete, with bids for con-
ing a four-element program of fa- struction expected to be adver-
cility improvements," said K. tised for this fall. estimated cost for
Phillip Meyers, Chief Engineer, this work is $1.3 million. After com-
Bus Facilities Engineering. "This pletion of this project, it is planned
includes improvements to existing to replace the service facilities
operating facilities, the develop- and repave the entire site.
ment of new operating facilities,
the development of transportation Division 3 — Cypress Park
centers and the development of a The construction of a new main-
new central maintenance facility. tenance building and service facil-
"To implement this four-element ities was completed last year. The
orogram, we have tried to keep a next phase of work at Division 3
Woalance of projects in various pha- will be a new transportation build-
ses of development, that is, we try ing. At an estimated cost of $1.7
to keep a number of projects in million, the project is scheduled to
construction, design and plan- be advertised for construction
ning," he said. bids this fall.
By the first of next year, Meyers Division 4 — Downey
estimates that his department will This leased facility is now being
have approximately $25 million in used by the Maintenance Depart-
construction projects underway, in ment for a number of activities
addition to about $20 million in such as make-ready of new
land acquisitions in the works. buses, radio and headsign instal-
The department itself is divided lations, District automobile mainte-
into three sections: Facilities Engi- nance as well as serving as a
DIVISION 10 — Large triangular lot at freeway junction is Macy Street Yards, proposed
neering, which oversees the headquarters for the Maintenance
site for new operating facility in East Los Angeles.
planning, design and construction Department. While no major facili-
of all facilities projects; the Real ty improvement is currently under-
Estate section, which is primarily way here, it is planned to eventual- major site improvements. Upon which was completely remodeled
concerned with land acquisition ly convert this facility into an completion of this project, an em- late last year.
and property leases; and the operating division. ployee parking structure will be Division 7 — West Los Angeles
Grants Administration section, Division 5 — South Central built adjacent to the transportation All new facilities were con-
which is responsible for handling The process is now underway to building, which was completed structed at this location three
all federal and state grants. retain a consultant to design a three years ago. years ago. The only major project
What follows is a rundown of new maintenance building, Division 6 — Venice currently planned for Division 7 is
major projects the department has replacing one that street cars No major construction work is the construction of a Chassis Dy-
recently completed, has currently used to run through, in addition to currently planned for this location, namometer building.
Division 8—Van Nuys/Chats-
The West San Fernando Valley
division is presently under con-
struction on an 18-acre site at
Nordhoff and Canoga in Chats-
worth. The $9.2 million construc-
tion project is expected to be
completed in Summer, 1982. The
existing division, which sits on a
5.6-acre site at Van Nuys and
Sherman Way in Van Nuys, is ex-
pected to be developed into a
Division 9 — El Monte
This facility, which was com-
pleted in 1975 as part of the El
Monte Busway project, was origi-
nally designed to accommodate
250 buses. service increases
since that time have resulted in the
assignment of more than 300
buses to this division. As a result,
facility improvements are planned
for the tire repair shop and dyna-
GOING UP — New Division 15 in East Valley. (Please turn to page 6)
Page 6 Headway
Having a blast
District officials, representatives of local elected officials and dignitaries attended a
groundblasting to initiate construction of Division 8, the District's new West San Fernando
Valley bus operating division. Replacing the current facility in Van Nuys, the new division
will provide facilities for the daily maintenance of up to 250 buses and is scheduled for
completion in September of next year. The 18-acre site at the corner of Nordhoff and
Canoga in Chatsworth will be transformed into a $15 million facility with a 49,000-square-
foot maintenance building, a 14,000-square-foot transportation building, bus washing and
fueling station, painting booth, engine steam cleaning facility and tire repair shop. The pro-
ject is 80 percent funded by the federal government.
Marks the Site
New Division 8
T ra nsoorte
Putting it all together
(Continued from page 5) Division 12—Long Beach downtown Los Angeles. Mean- million facility is now under con-
Division 10—East Los Angeles Construction was slated to be- while, due to space shortage, a struction on a 22-acre site locate•
Situated on the old Macy Street gin this month for a project to re- new Paint Shop is under construc- at Gienoaks and Branford in the
Yards at the intersection of the model and expand the existing tion at the Park and a new power East San Fernando Valley. This
Golden State and San Bernardino transportation building at a cost distribution system was recently project is scheduled for comple-
freeways, this proposed new bus $450,000. Completion is expected completed. A design team is cur- tion in April, 1982.
operating facility is now in the de- in six months. rently in the process of preparing Division 18—South Bay
sign and planning stage with Division 14—South Park Shops a facilities program and concept Existing Division 18 is also lo-
specifications being drawn up. lt Presently the location of the design for the new Central Mainte- cated on a leased site. A replace-
is expected that demolition of Central Maintenance and Stores nance Facility. Land appraisals ment site has been located nearby
existing buildings and site prep-- facility, South Park will eventually are now being finalized. at Griffith and Figueroa in the City
aration will begin in about six be replaced by a new Central Divison 15—Sun Valley of Carson. UMTA has approved a
months. Maintenance Facility closer to The existing facility is located on capital grant funding for the pur-
a leased site and is suitable only chase of the site and design of a
as a temporary facility. A new $9.5 new facility.
Space study eyes Div. 7
How would you like to live in a ing interest in the development of
large condominium complex with affordable housing utilizing the Di-
a bus operating in its basement? vision 7 air space.
That possibility could become a If the development proves feasi-
reality in the not too distant future ble, it could partially relieve the
depending on the results of a fea- problem of a critical shortage of
sibility study being conducted by affordable housing in the West Los
Los Angeles County for air space Angeles-West Hollywood area
development above Division 7 in where there is virtually no availa-
West Los Angeles. ble land on which to build.
"lf successful, the proposed
The county's Department of project would develop housing
Community Development has readily accessible to public trans-
been working with the District's portation and at the same time
Real Estate Management section generate revenue for the District,
in Bus Facilities Engineering for which would help finance public
similar development at other loca- transportation services," said
tions, as well. Annis.
Recently, the District's Board of Because of the !arge number of
Directors adopted a resolution planning constraints and the
granting exclusive negotiation
rights to the county's Department
sheer complexity of such an un-
dertaking, the county asked that Meyers' Marauders
of Community Development for an the District grant exclusive nego-
18-month period to study air tiating rights for a period of 18 They call themselves Meyers' Marauders in honor of Chief Engineer Phil
space development above Divi- months. Meyers and these Bus Facilities employees have been relentlessly pillaging
sion 7. Under the terms of the resolu- and plundering local golf courses. In the recent Transit Golf Club tournament
Real Estate Manager Michael tion, if the study determines that at Azusa Greens, competing against other District duffers, the Marauders cap-
Annis pointed out that the resolu- development of the site is unfeas- tured three categories. From the left, architect Jim Louie captured first place,
low net honors in the confusing Calloway Flight with a 112. Electrical Engineer
tion was necessary to permit the ible at any stage of the project,
Bob Huff took top place in the low-net handicap race, firing a 92 to go with his
county to begin its study, but the then the exclusive right could be 32-stroke handicap. Senior Engineering Technician John Anaya not only took
resolution does not commit the terminated. third low net in the Calloway division with a 91, he netted a $10 prize for hav-
District to any development pack- Air space development also has ing the least putts (28). Not to be outdone, Engineering Technician George
age. been considered for Division 6 in Bedard proudly displays the plaques he was awarded for a 183-yard hole-in-
The County Board of Supervi- Venice and Division 8 in Van Nuys one he shot with a five-wood during the Pomona Men's Club tournament.
sors, through its Chairman Ed after that facility relocates to the
Edelman, has expressed increas- West San Fernando Valley.
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He's been around awhile
District officials present Chief Clerk Frank Czarniak with a diamond-studded
service pin and commemorative Letter of Commendation in honor of his 45
years of service to the District and its predecessor agencies. Czarniak, who
runs the RTD ticket office at the RTD/Greyhound Terminal at 6th and Los An-
geles in Downtown, began his career in 1936 with Pacific Electric, working
from their terminal building at 6th and Main Street. And, he's not done yet.
Frank has indicated he wants to see what the 50-year Service Pin looks like.
With Czarniak are General Manager John Dyer, Board Vice-President Ruth
Richter and Manager of Planning and Marketing George McDonald.
*Magic Mountain discount days head slate
If you're trying to think of some- Nugget Tower, choice of either other recreation events, please ployee Activities Department is
thing unusual to do over the four- two delicious continental break- call the Employee Activities De- now located on the fourth floor of
day Thanksgiving Holiday week- fasts or one full American "Bonan- partment at 972-6580. And, don't the Headquarters Building in the
end, why not try taking advantage za" breakfast, one lunch or dinner forget we've moved The Em- recently opened annex.
of one of the best amusement park at Zachariah's Eating House, spe-
bargains in recent years. cial $1 Keno ticket (chance to win
Magic Mountain will have spe- up to $25,000) and a free drink
when Keno ticket is played, and
cial discount days on November
26 through 29 for RTD employees
and retirees at the fantastic prices
roundtrip bus transportation via
Greylines. Act fast as space is lim-
See s C ►NDIES '
INDIVIDUAL ORDER BLANK - CHRISTMAS 1981
of only $5.95 for adults and chil- ited
dren. That's a $5 savings off the
regular adult admission price. The Department Phone
park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take the whole family to see the
Item No. N°. Price Extension
and if you go on November 27 or incredible Sandy Duncan as Peter Description Boxes
28, you can see singer B. J. Thom- Pan on Sunday, December 6, at 2 REGULAR PACK BOXES
as performing at 4 and 6 p.m. p.m. in the Pantages Theatre in .--
1 Lb. 02 5 4.00
*** Hollywood. The $22.50 tickets are
2 Lb. ASSORTED 03 $ 8.00
going for only $20 for this live
It's not too late to get your west- stage production to the popular 3 Lb. CHOCOLATES 04 $12.00
ern duds together and head for a 5 Lb. 05 1 $20.00
really special day at the races at
1 Lb. 06 $ 4.00
Hollywood Park on November 21. **** 07
2 Lb. MILK $ 8.00
District cowboys will be gathering
It's time once again to order 3 Lb. CHOCOLATES 08 1 $12.00
in the park's pavillion area in the See's Candy. To insure delivery in
center of the racetrack to eat Bar- 5 Lb. 09 , $20.00
time for Christmas giving, your 1 Lb. 10 1 S 4.00
becue food from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
order must be placed by Novem- 11 $ 8.00
and then watch the races, which 2 Lb. DARK
begin at 2 p.m. Between races, a ber 13! For your convenience, the CHOCOLATES 12 $12.00
DJ with a disco-machine will en- coupon below can be used for or- 1 520.00
5 Lb. 13
tertain RTD personnel. 1 Lb. 14 i S 4.00
This special day costs only $7 2 Lb. NUTS 15 I $ 8.00
for adults, $5 for children between Speaking of Christmas, if you're 3 Lb. AND 16 i $12.00
the ages of 5 and 18, and under- stumped over a special gift for that 5 Lb. CHEWS 17 i 520.00
fives are free. Prizes will be certain someone or just want to 1 Lb. 18 5 4.00
awarded to those with the best avoid the crush at the local de- SOFT CENTERS 19
2 Lb. $ 8.00
partment store, why not stop by 1 Lb. BRIDGE MIX 24 ; S 4.00
**** the Recreation Department and 1 Lb. 25
ALMOND ROYAL (CAN) ! S 4.00
If you're feeling lucky, you'll check out the wide variety of col- 1 Lb. TOFFEE-ETTES (CAN) 26 ! S 4.00
want to sign up early for the Holi- orful RTD-oriented T-shirts availa-
Regular Pack Boxes PACKED IN MAILING CARTONS1
day Extravaganza to Las Vegas ble at very reasonable prices. lt
December 4-6. The $52 per Per- makes a unique gift that is not 1 Lb. 27 $ 4.20
son fee (based on double occu- available at any store. 2 Lb. ASSORTED 28 $ 8.20
pancy only) includes deluxe ac- 3 Lb. CHOCOLATES 29 $12.20
commodations for three days and 5 Lb. 30 $20.20
two nights in the luxurious Golden For information on these and
1 Lb. MILK CHOCOLATES 31 $ 4.20
2 Lb. 32 $ 8.20
1 Lb. DARK cNOGOCAYFS 35 $ 4.20
2 Lb. 36 $ 8.20
1 Lb. NUTS AND CHEWS 39 i $ 4.20
2 Lb. 40 ! $ 8.20
1 Lb. SOFT CENTERS 43 $ 4.20
2 Lb. 44 $ 8.20
1 Lb. BRIDGE MIX 49 $ 4.20
1 Lb. ALMOND ROYAL (CAN) 50 1 $ 4.20
1 Lb. TOFFEE-ETTES (CAN) 51 1 $ 4.20
SPECIALTY ITEMS Packed in Mailing Cartons
are Shaded Grey
VICTORIA TOFFEE (No Mailer) *55 $ 4.00
$ 4.20 VICTORIA TOFFEE *56
PEANUT BRITTLE (No Mailer) "57 $ 5.25
SPECIAL FANCY BOX 2 Ib. *60 - $12.45
GIFT OF ELEGANCE • 4 lbs. *61 $24.40
SALTED NUTS-12 oz. (No Mailer) 64 $ 3.50
Box of 60 LOLLYPOPS (No Mailer) 68 $ 9.00
SANTA BOX-7'/2 oz. (No Mailer) 69 $ 2.50
Competent Toastmasters SANTA BOX-7 1/2oz.
CHRISTMAS RED FANCY - 2 Ib
70 $ 2.70
Certificates of completion were recently presented to four members of RTD Toastmas- GIFT i 1 Lb. ANY ASSORTMENT 140 $ 4.30
ters Club. The quertet, honored at a special dinner at Taix Restaurant, have completed a unFlum l 2 Lb. ANY ASSO RTMENT 141 $ 8.60
15-speech program to earn Competent Toastmaster ranking in the international public- TOTALS • 5
speaking organization. The four represent the first club members to attain CTM status
since the RTD chapter was founded in 1976. The club meets each Wednesday at noon in Date Amt. Rec. By
the Metro Rail Department's conference room. From the left, the new CTMs are Bill Rea-
son, Art Issoglio, Judy O'Donnell and Donald Cornish.
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Close friends and family members of retiring General Superintendent of
Transportation Jack Walsh got together recently for a special luncheon cele-
bration to honor Walsh for his years of service to the local transportation in-
dustry. Walsh had completed a career in the military, attaining the rank of
Colonel in the U.S. Army before his retirement in 1973. He joined the District in
June of that year as Director of Safety and within a year was put in charge of
the Transportation Department, which he ran with military precision. One of
the mang highlights of his tenure with the District was the virtual overnight im-
plementation of the District's Airport Service in 1976. In the photo, Manager of
Operations Sam Black (right) presents a commemorative plaque to Walsh,
with his wife, Donna.
Carl Law, from mechanic B to ty A leadman.
equipment maintenance supervi- William Weed, Jr., from Operator
sor 1. to operator/extra division dis-
Mark Leach, from equipment re- patcher.
cords specialist to extra radio dis- Richard Wilson, from Operator to
Willie Mack, from mechanic B to Beverly Witherspoon, from me-
Javier Enriquez, from mechanic mechanic A. chanic B welder to mechanic A
Moving Up C to mechanic B. Garfield Meighan, from mechanic welder.
Dallas Evans, from Operator to C to mechanic B.
Gustavo Arguello, from mechan-
ic B to mechanic A.
operator/extra division dispatcher.
R. Fogelman, from operator/extra
Brenda Miley, from information
clerk to records clerk.
Michael Ballew, from mechanic C division dispatcher to radio dis- William A. Morris, from mechanic
to mechanic B. Frances Bateman, a clerk in
patcher. A leadman to equipment mainte- the marketing and communica-
Robert Barella, from mechanic C Jose Fuentas, from cash clerk nance supervisor 1.
to mechanic B. tions department is retiring after
(temp) to cash/payroll clerk. Eva Myles, from Operator to 23 years of service.
Marlene M. Belcher, from data Dean Funk, from mechanic B to operator/extra division dispatcher. Alex Kukla, an operator at Divi-
entry Operator to data processor mechanic A. Theodore Neill, from operator to
opr. I. sion 3, is retiring after 26 years
James Gatewood, from mechan- operator/division dispatcher. with the company.
Joginder Bhue, from mechanic B ic C to mechanic B. Patrick Orr, from equipment Frank R. Summer, an operator
to mechanic A. Earl Gerard, from mechanic A to maintenance supervisor II to main-
Frank Bosco, from mechanic C to at Division 5, is retiring after 33
equipment maintenance supervi- tenance manager at Division 8. years of service.
mechanic B. sor I. Darlene Patterson, from cash
Michael Bottone, from acting
supervising equipment inspector
Robert Gonzales, from mechanic
C to mechanic B.
clerk to stock shop clerk.
Harold Peterson, from equipment In Memoriam
to supervising equipment in- Emmitt Grayson, from mechanic maintenance supervisor I to Donald K. Brown, an Operator
spector. B. to mechanic A. equipment maintenance supervi- at Division 7, passed away Sep-
Gene Brown, from mechanic B to Gerald Harper, from operator/- sor II. tember 6. Mr. Brown joined the
mechanic A. extra supervisor of vehicle opera- Mario Pineda, from mechanic B to company in August of 1961.
J. Brown, from operator/extra su- tions, extra radio dispatcher to su- mechanic A. Myron S. Chapdelain, a former
pervisor of vehicle operations to pervisor of vehicle operations, Patricia Potter, from cash clerk to Operator at Division 9, passed
supervisor of vehicle operations. extra radio dispatcher. payroll clerk. away August 30. Mr. Chapdelain
Guillermo Burgos, from mechan- M. Harris, from operator/extra su- Gerald Ritter, from operator to joined the company in June of
ic B to mechanic A. pervisor of vehicle operations to operator/extra division dispatcher. 1935 and retired after 35 years of
William Camp, from mechanic B supervisor of vehicle operations. William Ruiz, from Operator to service in June of 1970.
to electronic communications Richard Hatchett, from utility A to operator/extra division dispatcher. Jose M. Gonzalez, a former
technician. laborer A. Jamal Saleem, from mechanic C road janitor leadman, passed
Jesse Castorena, from operator Carlito Hernandez, from stock to mechanic B. away August 25. Mr. Gonzalez
to operator/extra division dis- shop/truck driver to storekeeper. Shaker Sawires, from senior en- joined the company in July of 1933
patcher. Florencio Hernandez, from junior gineer to civil engineer. and retired after 39 years of serv-
Wonsul Cho, from mechanic C to stock clerk to stock clerk. Marisela Silva, from information ice in June, 1972.
mechanic B. Robert Hernandez, from cash clerk to passenger service repre- Jean B. Hart, a former informa-
Leonard Clark, from relief E.R.S. clerk to accounts payable clerk sentative. tion clerk, passed away March 5.
to stock shop/truck driver. (temp). R. Simon, from operator/extra Mrs. Hart joined the company in
Romulo Climaco, from mechanic Ted Hustava, from equipment radio dispatcher to radio dis- March, 1944, and retired in Octo-
B to mechanic A. maintenance supervisor I to patcher. ber of 1962 after 18 years of serv-
Bruce Crum, from mechanic B to equipment maintenance supervi- S. Stepner, from radio dispatcher ice.
mechanic A. sor II. (temp) to radio dispatcher. Oliver N. Horn, former Operator
Dennis Dickason, from mechanic T. Jackson, from operator/extra Thomas Styles, from mechanic B at Division 9, passed away August
B to mechanic A. supervisor of vehicle operations to to mechanic A. 13. Mr. Horn joined the company
Jim L. Donaghe, Jr., from me- supervisor of vehicle operations. Hector Velasco, from Operator to in April of 1942 and retired after 33
chanic B to mechanic A. Samuel Johnson, from utility A to operator/extra radio dispatcher. years of service in February of
Karl Downs, from operator to laborer A. Ermilo Victoria, from relief divi- 1975.
operator/extra division dispatcher. Stanley Kunisaki, from mechanic sion maintenance manager to Andrew W. Hunter, an Operator
George Edwards, from mechanic B to mechanic A. equipment maintenance supervi- at Division 5, passed away August
B to mechanic A. Jack Landrum, from mechanic B sor II. 28. Mr. Hunter joined the District in
to mechanic A. Larry Walker, from utility A to utili- November, 1974.
Time for a change?
Do you want to change your
dental plan or switch your medical
If, for any reason, you want to
change the medical or dental pro-
vider you have through RTD, the
District's Employee Benefits Sec- Director Marvin Holen (left) and General
tion will conduct its annual Open Manager John Dyer (rear) offered best
Enrollment period early next wishes and commemorative plaques to re-
month for non-contract employ- tirees during a Board of Directors ceremo-
ees. ny. Honors were bestowed upon (from left)
Division 8 operator Johnny Gargano, 10
"This is the only time of year that years; Instructor of Vehicle Operations
non-contract employees are able Robert Lee Smith, 24 years; Division 3 op-
to change plans," explains RTD erator Franklin Walter Nott, 35 years; and
Benefits Administrator Ed Paull. Division 5 mechanic-A Stenson James
Keep an eye posted for an- Hutcherson (with his wife, Johnie Mae), 35
nouncements concerning the ex- years. Unable to attend the ceremony was
act dates and times for these Division 1 operator Clarence W. Brumwell,
meetings. 35 years.
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in the median strip. Provisions will munity involvement, which in- what to get a fellow for a wedding
be made for converting these two cludes serving as a member of the anniversary present. To celebrate
lanes to rail transit later. Ten bus Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday their recent anniversary, Paul's
platforms which can be converted Committee and as a youth dele- wife, Florence, hired Live Wires
later to transit stations will be con- gate to the NAACP. and had a belly dancer and Brum-
structed along the freeway route. mer wish Paul a Happy Anniversa-
Gimme shelters ry right in the trainroom of the Van
(Continued from page 2) The Los Angeles City Council Nuys facility — much to the enjoy-
has awarded a contract to Con- ment of his fellow operators and
management. Patsaouras called venience and Safety Corp. to the office staff. Despite turning red
for the audit. erect 1,250 bus shelters through- several times, Paul said he
"Simply reducing the wattage of out the city. Following a one-year enjoyed the whole thing.
light bulbs can cut energy use by test phase involving three firms,
12.5 percent," Patsaouras said. the city awarded the contract to
District officials estimate that as Convenience, the only responsive
much as $105,000 could be saved bidder. In the next 10 years, reve-
annually just by reducing energy nue generated from advertising on
consumption at RTD headquarters one wall of the three-sided shel-
downtown Los Angeles. ters is expected to reach $75 mil-
Turn of the Century freeway
lion, of which the city gets $6.4
Federal and state transportation million. City officials expect the
officials and attorneys repre- first 500 shelters to be built within
lgenting just about everyone ap- a year, with all 1,250 erected with-
parently have reached an agree- Hue Fortson, Jr. in two years. Eventually, the city
ment that will lead to construction hopes to have 2,500 shelters scat-
of the 17.3-mile Century Freeway Outstanding young man .. tered throughout the 15 council-
between Norwalk and LAX. The Divison 5 operator Hue Fortson, manic districts. The RTD will work
final version of the controversial Jr. has been included in the 1981 with the City in pinpointing the
project, scheduled to be com- edition of "Outstanding Young busiest bus stops in the system.
pleted by 1990 at a cost of $2 Bil- Men of America," a national refer-
lion, features a six-lane freeway ence book. Fortson, who has been Shake it up, baby
with two high-occupancy-vehicle with the District just over one year, Division 8 operator Paul
lanes for Buses, van and car pools was cited for his extensive com- Bumgarner's wife really knows Paul Bumgarner (rear)
1: "I would like to commend Mr. exercised good judgement in not
Sharkey, who displayed kindness, putting the child off the bus, alone,
consideration and the utmost care in Pomona with no one there to
in handling an incident involving meet her. He then took the time to
an eight-year-old girl, Michelle safely deliver the girl to your head-
quarters, call her mother and allay
1I n Holmes. Her mother put her on an
RTD bus in Riverside, bound for her fears. This shows him to be ef-
Dennis Munson, Dispatcher pany and I feel I know a good Op- Pomona. Michelle was coming to ficient, considerate and a thinking
37: "My wife, new to this area from erator when I see one. Mr. Stevens visit me. I am a teacher. I was to human being. Thank you for em-
Korea, was lost somewhere in the is deserving of Operator of the pick up the girl in Pomona but was ploying such a fine person."
RTD system and I was frantic with Year as far as I am concerned and sure a mistake had been made
I know all of us who ride his bus since there was no bus station F. T. Davie, Line 420: "He is
worry. I called the Southgate Po-
feel the same way." there. I drove to the Greyhound never ahead of time at my stop,
lice and they sent an officer to my
Station in Claremont. Mr. Sharkey which means I don't have to get to
home. He got on the phone to the Herman Sharkey, Division
my stop before 5:55 a.m. and
le RTD Dispatch Center. Together
with your man they located my
wife and returned her to my area,
where I picked her up. I want to
express my heartfelt thanks to
Trio garners kudos
stand in the dark all by myself for
more than five minutes. Not good
in today's world. I know that if I
should be a few minutes late he
would at least look down the street
your employees for their concern Three more District employees
and effort, which brought this inci- a 25-year safety award, has ac- to see if I was coming. that is good
were honored last month by the crued the maximum of 90 merits, will that we could all use more of."
dent to a happy ending."
Board of Directors for their courte- has not missed a day of work
G. A. Williams, Line 442: "In Llewellyn Hines, Division 7:
sy and good service to RTD cus- since 1963 and logged his last
a time when many complain about "I was in Los Angeles (from Ithaca,
tomers. Garnering kudos were in- missout in 1964. Extremely knowl-
the quality of service provided by New York) attending a conference
formation Operator Dorothy Jerni- edgeable about District opera-
consumer-oriented businesses, I on Low Temperature Physics at
gan, Operator Glibert Moncivais tions, Gil has been instrumental in UCLA and had the pleasure of ob-
would like to teil you about one of
and mechanic James Sherman. the revision of the operating em- serving your operator driving a
your operators who deserves rec-
ognition for his professional per- For Dorothy Jernigan, this was ployee's service guide, which is bus I rode from UCLA to down-
formance. He is mature, efficient the third Employee of the Month currently underway. town L.A. via Wilshire. I can say
and handles all situations in a dip- recognition she has received James David Sherman joined without reervation that he is the
lomatic manner. He is a credit to since joining the District in August the District in January, 1975 as a most pleasant and courteous op-
your organization." of 1975. Her involvement with the mechanic B and was promoted erator I've seen, and to all passen-
Isiah McClain, Line 436: "My District goes far beyond her nor- just over 18 months ago to a me- gers — young, old, black, white.
wife and I have been using the mal working hours, however. chanic A. Extremely conscientious Thanks for having drivers like
RTD service since 1970 when I While at the district she met and and hard-working, Sherman has a him."
married radio dispatcher James congenial personality and a high
gave up driving an automobile.
Since my retirement we have trav- Jernigan. Her son, Larry Hoccum, degree of professional skill. He Emil J. Guglielmo, Division
eled all over by bus. In all our trips works in Bus Facilities Engineer- works with the inspection team at 9: "Recently on vacation in Los
we have seen many drivers and ing, white her stepson, James Division 15 and is called on occa- Angeles (from San Francisco) I
Jernigan, Jr., is an information Op- sionally to fill in as leadman, a task had the pleasure of riding and
find the majority of them are hard-
working and conscientious. This erator, also. he is able to perform with ease enjoying your excellent transpor-
and efficiency. An excellent all-
• particular driver is one unusual tation system. I was assisted in
Division 7's Gilbert Moncivais around mechanic, Jim is tops in many ways by your drivers who
human being. We have seen him has spent 25 years transporting the area of air conditioning repair, were wonderful in helping me with
help senior citizens on and off the people around southern California electrical trouble-shooting and advice at getting around in your
bus when it becomes hard for by bus and in that time has earned auto repair. sprawling city. Of particular note, I
them to manage. He is always
courteous in answering questions would like to compliment Mr.
as to bus changes and proper di- Guglielmo. He was friendly, cour-
rections. We have found that all teous, helpful and above all, a
riders are happy to be on this gentleman."
man's bus and they teil him so. We Ken Ochoa, Line 401: "From
know that your bus drivers get the viewpoint of a regular rider, he
paid to do their job, but we feel is remarkably reliable, consistent,
that this man is one of your best and dependable. He is able to in-
public relations providers and re- dividually serve each customer as
ally deserves some sort of com- each boards and exits the bus. He
mendation." meets his time check points with
Jim Stevens, Line 721: "1 am amazing accuracy by skillful ma-
a longtime rider and have had a neuvering of the vehicle in heavy
chance to observe many of your traffic. He is safely aggressive on
drivers. However, one driver, who the Pasadena Freeway, notorious-
is approaching the final years of ly rough and difficult to drive. He
his career, is more outstanding has the confidence of his passen-
and I wish to add my thanks to Jim gers, patiently changing the atti-
for his many years of service to HONORED — General Manager John Dyer and Director Charles Storing (from left) pres- tude of even the most disgruntled
patrons of the RTD. My own father ent Certificates of Merit to Employees of the Month Dorothy Jernigan, Gilbert Moncivais person who might board the bus.
worked for Pacific Electric Com- and James Sherman. Looking on are Ralph Wilson, Glenn Powell and Bob Williams. In short, he is a great driver."
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Party — BBQ style
Nobody does it better could well be the theme song whenever the crew at Division 5 in
South Central Los Angeles gets together to throw a party with a capital-P. Ribs, chicken,
links, greens, beans, salads and cakes. They had it all from dawn until well into the night
giving mechanics and Operators ample time to sample cook's goodies. And, this year they
managed to add something new by combining an art and craft show featuring works done
by division employees. Here, a trio gets together with two surly looking me-can-ical men
created from the scrap heap.
Earn now, pay taxes later via deferred comp
With all the emphasis on tax- much lower tax bracket. ferred amount is deducted from ment over a set period of time.
free savings certificates recently, Enrollment will be open in the gross wages before taxes are Taxes are payable only an
many employees may have over- Deferred Compensation Plan from computed, thus your withholding amounts received.
looked the fact that there is a sim- November 16 through December taxes are decreased. If a plan participant dies, pay-
ple way to save money from their 15, 1981. For current plan partici- The minimum amount that can ment will be made to a designated
paychecks and not pay taxes on pants this period also provides the be deferred is $15 per pay period, beneficiary(ies).
that amount. opportunity to increase or de- with the maximum amount not to Withdrawals from the plan are
The Employee's Deferred Corn- crease the deferred amounts to exceed 25 percent of your gross not permitted unless a severe fi-
pensation Plan permits District change the way the funds are in- pay or $285, whichever is smaller. nancial hardship can be demon-
employees to set aside a portion vested. The deferred funds will be paid strated. Participants may, howev-
of their wages and not pay taxes This enrollment period is the to plan participants upon retire- er, discontinue contributions to the
on that money, or the interest only time during the year that em- ment or termination from District plan at any time, with previousl.
earnings thereon, until their retire- ployees can join the plan. service. If the sum accumulated is deferred amounts remaining in the
ment — the benefit being that at An added tax-saving benefit of at least $10,000, the District will plan until retirement or employ-
that time they will probably be in a plan participation is that the de- arrange to spread out the pay- ment termination.
Deferred wage amounts may be
invested in any of the following
Operator's statement: ways:
The bus pulled into a bus zone just as the traffic signal — Short-term investments such
turned red. Passengers were discharged and picked up. In the as federal government securities
meantime, a car pulled in behind the bus. The traffic signal issues of U.S. governmental
changed to green, but I did not move because I was one mi- agencies, certificates of deposit,
nute ahead of schedule and this location is a time point. The banker's acceptances or prime-
signal then changed to red and the car was still behind my bus. rated commercial paper. Holdings
The signal light turned green and as I started to pull out I no- are restricted to public fund in-
ticed the car started to go around me. I thought it was about to vestments authorized under the
pass me. All of a sudden the car cut in front of me in an attempt California State Constitution.
to make a right turn and we collided. — A no-load (no sales charge)
You be Answer:
Even though the automobile driver may be at fault from a lia-
A deposit account with a
bility standpoint (making a right turn from the wrong lane), the major savings and loan associa-
the Judge bus Operator also would share some responsibility for this acci-
dent. As a professional defensive driver, the Operator should
tion, generally secured by second
Deeds of Trust.
have anticipated the other driver's actions for the following rea- — Real estate loans.
sons. The plan is supervised by the
1. The auto driver had no way of knowing the bus was only District Treasurer, with individual
temporarily parked. 2. The car driver may have thought employee accounts maintained by
something was wrong with the bus and started to go around a specialized outside firm. Admin-
it. 3. Upon departure, the Operator gave no indication of his istrative costs range from nothing
intended motion by use of directional signals. to 50 cents per pay period de.
In short, the operator could have exercised defensive driving pending upon your investment
actions which would prevented this collision by signaling, cov- choice. The plan is approved by
ering his brakes and watching the motion of the vehicles the Internal Revenue Service.
around his bus. Since none of the theme actions were taken, Additional information may be
this accident is judged to be preventable. obtained by contacting Mel Mar-
quardt at extension 6593.
Southern California Rapid Transit District
425 So. Main St., 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013 BULK RATE
Published monthly for the employees
and retirees of the Southern California
Rapid Transit District. Los Angeles, Ca
Permit No. 32705
Editorial input and suggestions
welcome. Deadline for receipt of
editorial copy is the 14th of each month.
Send black-and-white photographs on-
iy, please. Requests for photographic
coverage of District events must be
preceded by 72 hours notice.
Mailing address: Headway, 6th Floor,
425 South Main Street, Los Angeles,
CA 90013. Telephone: 213-972-6680.
David Himmel, Editor