10 jan 1968 & alabama ave se
#OTD Wednesday 10 January #1968, many domestic workers, who lived near Alabama Avenue SE and worked near Western Avenue NW, spent four hours per day going to and from work. Many caught the W4 bus at 31st Street & Alabama Avenue, SE; transferred to the 92 bus at Alabama Avenue & Naylor Road SE; then transferred to the L2 bus at 18th Street & Columbia Road, NW; and then did a final transfer to the D5 bus at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street, NW. This was the daily commute for Mrs. Louise Fuller, who worked at Western Avenue and Broad Branch Road, NW.
Joanne Brown, a student at DC Teachers College, in an interview with a Washington Post reporter, expressed frustration with her long commute and came up with a solution--an express bus from Alabama Avenue to NW. "It can be improved. There is enough patronage for an express bus." The reporter decided to charter a bus from Alabama Avenue directly to Chevy Chase Circle-it was a brisk 38 minutes.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you live near Alabama Avenue in 1968? Do you remember taking the bus to work or school? Do you remember waiting at the bus stop while full buses passed by?
Photo source: Alabama Avenue, SE, n.d. DCPL Special Collections. photographer unknown.
Willard Clopton, Jr., "Its a Long, Long Ride to Work, Washington Post 7 January 1968, p. A1.