22 july 1968 & domestic workers get new express bus routes btw southeast and northwest
#OTD 22 July 1968 Three new express bus routes between southeast and northwest neighborhoods began operation by DC Transit. These new routes were requested by domestic workers, students and others who had to allow up to 2.5 hours in the morning and take three different buses to get to work and school on time.
One express bus route operated between Fairfax Village and Sibley Memorial Hospital. The second express bus route operated between Congress Heights (South Capitol St & Southern Ave) and 16th St & Eastern Ave NW. The third express bus route operated between Stanton Road (19th St & Trenton Pl) and Westmoreland Circle (Massachusetts & Western Aves).
The longest express bus route was 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor ride any of these express bus routes? Were you a domestic worker? Were you a student? Did you drive these buses? Do you remember how much they cost? Do you have a photo of the express buses? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections. Evening Star Photo Collection, Buses File. UPI Telephoto. PS, photographer. c. 20 August 1969. This is a photo of the 70 bus line.
"New Bus Runs Link Anacostia, NW," Washington Post 22 July 1968.
Willard Clopton, Jr., "Its a Long, Long Ride to Work, Washington Post 7 January 1968, p. A1.