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Unitrans at 40
Moving Students Through the Decades
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.
Timeline of events leading up to the official founding of Unitrans in February 1968
Ribbon cutting ceremony for new transit coaches, February 1982.
Bus schedules from the 1980s
Construction of the Unitrans Garage, 1986
Article from the Davis Enterprise, February 1986
Route Map for 1986-1987
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