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Happy 45th Birthday, Unitrans!

February 20th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

On February 28, 2013, Unitrans will celebrate its 45th Birthday. In the late 1960s, the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) explored possibilities for providing bus transportation to students traveling between the City of Davis and the campus. The University Transport System, or Unitrans, was founded by ASUCD and service officially began on February 28, 1968 with two London double decker buses operating on two routes. Today, Unitrans provides transportation with 49 buses on 18 routes, carrying over 3.5 million passengers a year.

In 2008 Special Collections created an exhibit to celebrate the 40th birthday of Unitrans. The exhibit is available in web form here.

Milestones achieved by Unitrans during the past five years include: completion of the Hutchison Passenger Terminal (2008), implementation of a vehicle tracking system (2009), creation of the O Line (2010), creation of the V Line (2011), and the return of RTL 1014  to London (2012). Read the Dateline story about the return of RTL 1014  here.

Happy 45th Birthday, Unitrans!

Look Familiar???

February 14th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

Today’s image from the University Archives Photographs Collection is of a beer distillery. This undated photograph is from the Food Science and Technology Department. Can you hazard a guess as to the year based on the equipment being used? Can you tell where on campus this beer distillery is or was? Did you take Introduction to Brewing Beer or any other brewing courses while at UCDavis? We welcome any comments or memories you have to share regarding the art of brewing on campus.


This image can also be found here on the Online Archive of California.