1968 Experimental Muni Bus
Happy New Year from Muni Time Capsule! Now, on to the relic at hand …
1968: The photo above comes to the time capsule courtesy of Martin at the Make-Out Room. On the back of the photograph is written:
Muni Experimental Bus
Sept 68 Photo by Jack White
From what I can tell, the manufacturer here is Flxible (not a typo). It looks very similar to this 1967 bus by Flxible. Here’s another photo. Flxible called this model “New Look,” and built nearly 13,000 units between 1961 and 1978. They ran in Chicago, San Francisco, and Akron, Ohio, among other cities.
The buses were retired from the Muni fleet in 1991, though it remains unclear when Muni first acquired the New Looks.
Here are a couple of shots of Muni’s Flxible New Looks when they were still in service:
Second bus back. Photo by milantram2
Photo by milantram2
A 2006 photo by Ian Fuller shows at least one of Muni’s remaining Flxible New Looks still hanging out at Woods yard:
In other 1968 Bay Area transit news, plans were released for a rapid-transit
bus subway on Geary that connected downtown with a proposed Third Street subway taking passengers to SFO. There was also a proposed monorail serving the airport. Guess that never got off the ground. Heh.
*** Bonus points to anyone who can correctly identify where the top photograph was taken.