The race and gender integration of Los Angeles’ streetcar and bus operators is negotiated by the Rev. Clayton Russell’s Los Angeles Negro Victory Committee, the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the reform-minded Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron.
This action represents a major change from past practices across the nation during World War II and Los Angeles was no exception.
Arcola Philpott lived near Central Avenue and Adams Boulevard. She drove the Vermont streetcar line out of the Arthur Winston Division 5 from Union Station to 116th/Vermont, traveling up Santa Barbara (now Martin Luther King Boulevard). She also worked at the Brown Derby Restaurant.
Philpott later passes away in Chicago on May 14, 1991.
1967: The base far for Southern California Rapid Transit District buses goes up to 30 cents.
1968: Governor Ronald Reagan signs AB101, the Lanterman Public Transportation Financing Bill, placing Proposition A on the November 5, 1968 Los Angeles County Ballot on behalf of Southern California Rapid Transit District.
The bill proposed providing SCRTD with $2.5 billion through a half cent sales tax increase to finance the construction of 89 miles of rail rapid transit throughout Los Angeles.
With relatively uncrowded freeways at the time, the ballot initiative failed. The new mass transit system that had been in various stages of planning since the creation of the MTA in 1951 would have to wait.
Voters changed their minds and passed a broader sales tax measure for transportation projects in 1980 and again in 1990.