#7103 became one of the first buses of the newly formed Pacific Bus Museum in 1989 when it was split off from the West Coast Motor Coach Museum.
“The Southern California Rapid Transit District (almost always referred to as RTD or rarely as SCRTD) was a public transportation agency established in 1964 to serve the Greater Los Angeles area. It was the successor to the original Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)…
RTD was created on August 18, 1964, to serve the urbanized Southern California region, including Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and Riverside County. RTD … took over eleven other failing bus companies and services in the Southern California region…
The successor agency to RTD is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“LACMTA”). LACMTA is the product of the merger of RTD and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC). RTD and LACTC officially merged on April 1, 1993″
The October 1989 edition of Headway Magazine included a 25th Anniversary overview of the RTD, with extensive detail provided by PBM Member Jerry Squier.
Among the many details we learn about the RTD, we also learn a few things about Jerry Squier:
Gerald (Jerry) Squier was both an “RTD Senior Planner and, also a local transportation historian”.
“Squier’s father was a conductor with Pacific ElectricRailway Company. ‘I used to ride all the Red Cars with my father, so I got to know all the different lines.’ Squier has been employed with the RTD for 16 years.”
Inset below: Senior Planner
Gerald Squier clarifies the
historical schematic of
mergers, acquisitions, and
dispersals that make up the
Southern California transportation scene.
Source: Headway Magazine October 1989
742 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Stephen Schwarzwald acquired the bus from Antelope Valley Bus Lines in 1975. Stephen was the Vice President of the WCMCM and later was the Secretary of the PBM. He donated the bus to the PBM in 1992.
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