Previously on display in the Special Collections Display Cases during Winter Quarter 2008. Now, presented here as a web exhibit.

Exhibit prepared by Sara Gunasekara, Collections Manager

In the late 1960s, the Associated Students of UC Davis explored possibilities for providing bus transportation to students traveling between the City of Davis and the campus. The University Transport System, or Unitrans, was founded by ASUCD and service officially began on February 28, 1968 with two London double decker buses operating on two routes. Today, Unitrans provides transportation with 40 buses on 15 routes, carrying over 3 million passengers a year. The exhibit chronicles the history of Unitrans, which is celebrating its 40th year of operation.

Special Collections is charged with collecting, preserving, administering, and providing access to the University Archives. This exhibit draws materials from several University Archives Collections including: the Unitrans Archives, Chancellor’s Archives, University Communications Archives, and the University Archives Serials Collection.

Robert Black, with gavel, President of the Associated Students of U.C. Davis, circa 1966.Robert Black, with gavel, President of the Associated Students of U.C. Davis, circa 1966.

Spring 1966 ASUCD Election

Robert Black, candidate for ASUCD president, makes campaign promises to bring bus service to campus.

October 1966

Two week trial bus line provides service on a twice hourly basis to students in East Davis.

December 1966

ASUCD contracts with Patchett Bus Lines for bus service to the University.

Richard Kleker, 1967.Richard Kleker, 1967.

April 1967

ASUCD off-campus rep Richard Kleker sponsors proposal to buy two double decker buses from the London Transport System.

Bus christening ceremony, November 10, 1967.Bus christening ceremony, November 10, 1967.

Posted with permission from The California Aggie.

Fall 1967

Buses arrive on campus and are christened in a ceremony on November 10.

February 2, 1968

Bus service is delayed due to a regulation requiring safety glass windows.

California Aggie, February 26, 1968,California Aggie, February 26, 1968.

Posted with permission from The California Aggie.

Bus service officially begins!

ASUCD press release, 1968.ASUCD press release, 1968.

ASUCD press release announcing the start of Unitrans service, 1968

At the terminal in the Young Hall parking lot, June 1968.At the terminal in the Young Hall parking lot, June 1968.

Last run of the 1967-1968 school year

 

There were three lines: A: East Davis, B: West Davis & C: North Davis.There were three lines: A: East Davis, B: West Davis & C: North Davis.

System Route Map of the Big Red Bus, Effective September 30, 1968

 

Daily Democrat, October 21, 1969.Daily Democrat, October 21, 1969.

Posted with permission from The Daily Democrat.

Article from the Daily Democrat, October 21, 1969

Bus schedules from 1969Bus schedules from 1969

Bus schedules from 1969

Advertisement in the California Aggie, January 6, 1971.Advertisement in the California Aggie, January 6, 1971.

Posted with permission from The California Aggie.

Advertisement in the California Aggie, January 6, 1971

Invoice from London Transport System for two double decker buses, April 7, 1970.Invoice from London Transport System for two double decker buses, April 7, 1970.

Invoice from London Transport System for two double decker buses, April 7, 1970

Bus RT742 before being repainted red, circa Fall 1971.Bus RT742 before being repainted red, circa Fall 1971.

Bus RT742 before being repainted red, circa Fall 1971.

It was dubbed “Moby Bus” due to the white color scheme from the previous owner.

Article in the Davis Enterprise announcing new bus signs, September 25, 1975.Article in the Davis Enterprise announcing new bus signs, September 25, 1975.

Posted with permission from The Davis Enterprise.

Article in the Davis Enterprise announcing new bus signs, September 25, 1975.

Bus sign, circa 1975.

Article from Davis Enterprise announcing the expansion of service to the general public, August 9, 1972.

Bus fleet, circa 1972.

Photograph of 3 quarterly bus passes from 1975/76.

Bus passes from the 1970s.

Invitation to ribbon cutting, 1982.Invitation to ribbon cutting, 1982.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new transit coaches, February 1982.

Bus schedules, 1980s.Bus schedules, 1980s.

Bus schedules from the 1980s

Unitrans Garage, 1986.Unitrans Garage, 1986.

Construction of the Unitrans Garage, 1986

Davis Enterprise, February 1986.Davis Enterprise, February 1986.

Posted with permission from The Davis Enterprise

Article from the Davis Enterprise, February 1986

Route Map for 1986-1987Route Map for 1986-1987

Route Map for 1986-1987

First page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.First page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.

Used with permission of BUSRide magazine.

Article from Bus Ride, February 1992

 

Second page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.Second page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.

Used with permission of BUSRide magazine.

Article from Bus Ride, February 1992

 

Last page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.Last page of article from Bus Ride, February 1992.

Used with permission of BUSRide magazine.

Article from Bus Ride, February 1992

 

Unitrans staff, 1994.Unitrans staff, 1994.

Members of the Unitrans staff who competed against other Northern California bus drivers in the North Bay Regional Transit Association Rodeo, October 1994

Invitation to event celebrating the Compressed Natural Gas buses, April 1996.Invitation to event celebrating the Compressed Natural Gas buses, April 1996.

Compressed Natural Gas buses introduced, April 1996.

Unitrans schedules, 2000s.Unitrans schedules, 2000s.

Unitrans schedules from the 2000s

Graphic showing annual ridership, 2007.Graphic showing annual ridership, 2007.

Graphic from General Manager’s Report, Fiscal Year 2006-2007

Unitrans t-shirt, 2003.Unitrans t-shirt, 2003.

This Unitrans t-shirt commemorates the milestone of reaching 3 million riders in one year.

Davis Enterprise, December 13, 2007. Davis Enterprise, December 13, 2007.

Posted with permission from The Davis Enterprise.

Article from Davis Enterprise, December 13, 2007.

Route map, 2007.Route map, 2007.

Route Map for 2007-2008

Tiered Initial Study & Negative Declaration, January 2008.Tiered Initial Study & Negative Declaration, January 2008.

New Terminal

A new Unitrans bus terminal is scheduled to be built on Hutchison Drive in front of Haring Hall.