The Key System

The Key System

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It is difficult now to imagine San Francisco Bay without bridges, but not too long ago, a complex system of ferries and trains helped span the waters in an elegant way. The Key System was a huge portion of this network; it was part of businessman qBoraxq Smith's method to attract San Francisco workers to live in the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont, where he dealt in real estate. The Southern Pacific Railroad was the Key System's fierce competitor, then later an ally, before it was vanquished. Thousands of commuters rode the system for years, until a ridership decline eventually doomed the Key when bridges finally crisscrossed the bay.However, starting in 1961, a group of 31 cars from the 150-187 Series, which had been previously deeded to the California Toll Bridge Authority, made the long journey south to Argentina, where they saw another 12 years of suburban service anbsp;...

Title:The Key System
Author:Walter Rice, Emiliano Echeverria
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2007


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