April 18: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1974:  Southern California Rapid Transit District pulls 150 buses out of storage to rebuild and refurbish them in order to meet increased demand on the bus system due to the national fuel crisis and a temporary two year long reduced (“flat”) fare of just 25 cents.

The move is in response to OPEC’s 1973 imposition of an oil embargo on the United States which had caused prices to quadruple and put regular fuel supply deliveries in doubt.

More information can be found in the April, 1974 issue of Headway, the Southern California Rapid Transit District employee news magazine.