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Issue: #64
February, 2020
Black History in Transportation


 
In 1988, the American Public Transit Association (now the American Public Transportation Association) officially recognized WMATA as the nation's best rail and bus transit system. APTA named Turner as transit manager of the year in 1989. 

Marshall ("Major") Taylor  was the word's first black sports superstar. He was world cycling champion in 1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and set numerous track cycling records. Nicknamed "Major" in his youth in Indianapolis and later known as "the Worcester Whirlwind" after his adopted hometown in Massachusetts, he was the second black world champion in any sport (after Canadian-born bantamweight boxer George Dixon of Boston won his title in 1891). 

In the Jim Crow era of strict racial segregation, Taylor had to fight prejudice just to get on the starting line. He faced closed doors and open hostility with remarkable dignity. In his retirement he wrote his autobiography,  "The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World."


William T. Coleman  was the first black U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Ford from March 7, 1975, to January 20, 1977. He was also the second black United States Cabinet member. Coleman was an influential lawyer and championed the cause of civil rights in milestone cases before the Supreme Court.  


fought for recognition as the inventor of the gas mask and the mechanical traffic signal. In 1920, he started a newspaper, The Cleveland Call, and opened an all-black country club. In 1923, he patented a mechanical traffic signal that he sold to General Electric. It was widely used, yet Morgan earned only $40,000 for the invention.

Granville T. Woods was one of the most prolific inventors and innovators of his day. Known to some as the "Black Edison," Woods was incredibly instrumental in the development and improvement of many electrical/communication systems that allow modern railways to function. He is most well known for significantly improving the third rail which is primarily used today to supply electricity to subway trains.

Woods also invented the induction telegraph, the combination telephone and telegraph system which he later patented as the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph which allowed communications between train stations from moving trains. Additionally, he patented improvements to overhead electrical wire systems to power trains and modifications to the Westinghouse automatic air brake for trains.
  
 


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Use your smartphone to schedule a ride on SacRT's on-demand shuttle service. 

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Bike Month Volunteers Needed

50 Corridor TMA is seeking volunteers to assist with staffing May is Bike Month booths and events. If you are interested in being added to the volunteer pool, please e-mail leah@50corridor.com.  Thank you!


SacRT Airport Service


SacRt is now offering express service to the airport.  For schedules and Gold Line Light Rail connections  CLICK HERE



Project Updates
Folsom Boulevard Beautification and Enhancement Project

The final phase of this project began this month to improve aesthetics and safety features along Folsom Boulevard from Bradshaw Road to Horn Roadand Kilgore Road to Sunrise Boulevard. Enhancements will include new streetlights, landscaped medians, sidewalks and drainage facilities.
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Vanpools

The following vanpools are accepting new passengers or names for their wait lists:

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Monday through Friday
$50 per month (only one seat available)

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
$50 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia to Downtown Sacramento
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays with alternative Fridays off
$30 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia/Stonecreek to Old Sacramento/West Sacramento
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
$30 per month

Anatolia Clubhouse to Downtown Sacramento 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Folsom to Downtown Sacramento
 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Folsom to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Starts at Safeway on Iron Point, drop offs at Capitol area and CalSTRS

Folsom to South Natomas
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Starts at Century Theatre in Folsom at 6:50 a.m., drops off at El Camino/Gateway Oaks area.

Vineyard or Anatolia to Amazon
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., all days
$50 per month

Vineyard to Folsom 
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$50 per month