Car 271-40th and Shafter c1946

Key System, Car 271, (looking northeasterly) heading west on 40th Street past the Sacramento Northern Railway depot and rail yard at Shafter Avenue, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif.

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Date of Document:
circa 1946

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Geographic Location:
40th Street and Shafter Avenue, Oakland, Calif.

The Key System, a company providing streetcar and bus service in the East Bay cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Leandro, as well as ferry service to San Francisco, operated from 1903 (when it consolidated several independent streetcar companies) until 1960. Bus service was introduced in 1921. With completion of the Bay Bridge in 1936, Key System trains began running (on the bridge s lower deck) between Oakland and the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco. Streetcars stopped operating in 1948. Commuter train service into San Francisco was discontinued in 1958. The company was sold in 1960 to the newly formed public agency, AC Transit.

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