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The Hand Shake, Vol. 6, No. 8

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Two THE HAND SHAKE The object of the Polygon Club is to encourage and promote service, health, fellowship, education and progress among the members and in the community in an atmosphere of Christian living. Charlie Sturtevant, Editor

Transportation Service (Continued from page one) 

inexcusable jam at the corner of Crawford and High Streets - buses sometime standing 3 abreast on Crawford, making it impossible for a loaded bus to leave until perhaps two or three others have unloaded and packed in another collection of "human sardines." Or maybe you have waited at the corner of High and Court from 7:25 until 7:48 for a Yard bus - only to have about six come up together at the last minute. Or possibly, you are one of the 150 or so employees of the Yard Accounting Office, or, for some other reason want to go to the First Street Gate. So you get on a bus marked "Ferry," or "Navy Yard" and ride to High and Crawford, where you are told to transfer to one marked "Southgate Terminal." But as soon as you're off the first bus, the Supervisor on duty tells the driver to "take this lady by the First Street Gate". Then you wonder why it should be impossible to mark a bus or two "First Street Gate" so that you could have gotten one at High and Court and ridden on without argument. Because you know, even if the V.E.P. doesn't, that very few customers get on the Yard buses along Court or Fourth Street, and if there were any, they could get the bus as it went toward town; therefore, all the buses could be routed via First Street without trouble other than the extra traffic. The writer doesn't pretend to be a traffic expert, nor is he inclined to be too charitable to those who insist on helping to run the other man's business, but it does seem to a rank outsider that better service could be obtained from the buses now available. The City Council has taken under advisement a proposal to station a city traffic dispatcher at High and Crawford Streets to expedite the traffic there. This might help but it seems more logical to have a "roving expediter". After the buses have reached the downtown area, it is too late to do much good. The trouble seems to be in the outlying districts, where the buses seem to pile up, causing the arrival of several from the same line together. The real solution would seem to be the complete re-routing and re-scheduling of the entire system. This should be done by a traffic expert, not by some political appointee. These changes should be figured with the idea of possible reduction in the number of available buses, as they wear out. We may find it necessary in the not too distant future to restrict the transportation service to war workers only - at least during certain times of the day. But for the present, we should all make every effort to see that available rolling stock is used to the best advantage. It is possible that the V.E.P. authorities are too close to the problem - that they can't see the woods for the trees. Or there may be other problems which an outsider knows nothing about. At any rate, there can be little question that the situation needs changing - any change would probably be for the better.

More About Buses

At the meeting of January 26, a motion was passed that the Citizenship Committee of the club take necessary action to have the city ordinance prohibiting smoking on buses strickly enforced. The following item, which appeared in the local press on February 6 will be of interest to the members: "Smokers will have to control any urge to indulge in a cigaret on the buses beginning Monday. "This announcement, made by Chief J. M. Broughton, is the beginning of a campaign to stop smoking on buses in this city. Violators will be given full warning before any arrest is made. It is hoped that commuters will cooperate with authorities and not make arrest necessary." 

Birthday Congratulations to: George Gaskins Feb. 26 Raymond Lively Feb. 15

Answer to Last Month's Brain Teaser-23

Countless slogans have been dreamed up by enterprising copywriters intent upon bolstering the public morale. One that we liked reads, "Let's all keep our shirts on, but, for Heaven's sake, let's roll up our sleeves". Another apt admonition reads "A display of flags is not enough. We must win by hitting, not bunting".

C.O.: "Now tell me, what's your idea of strategy?" Boot: "It's when you're out of amunition but keep right on firing."