Gale Edward “Ed” Vandeventer was an employee of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) from 1975 to 1997.
During this time, Vandeventer contributed to the creation of a new scheduling system for SCRTD’s Scheduling Department and
was part of the operational planning of the Blue, Red, and Green Metro Rail lines.
This collection contains ephemera published by the SCRTD including notices of service changes, bus guides, and maps, as well
as material related to planning Blue Line operations. Also included in this collection is material collected by Ed Vandeventer
published by antecedent transit companies of Los Angeles: the Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles Transit Lines,
Metropolitan Coach Lines, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, and of SCRTD’s successors, the Los Angeles County Transportation
Commission and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Gale Edward "Ed" Vandeventer (1942 – 2003) was a long-term employee of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD)
and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) who began working as a planner for the District in July
1975. Vandeventer later served as Rail Operations Superintendent from 1985 to 1988 and was reappointed to the position in
July 1991 after serving as the Superintendent of Instruction from 1988 to 1991. Following the 1993 merger, Vandeventer became
an employee of LACMTA. He retired in 1997.
During his employment with SCRTD and LACMTA, Vandeventer was an integral part of developing and implementing a freeway fare
increment system, training supervisors for rail transit operations and training operators for Metro Rail’s Blue Line.
Vandeventer was born January 21, 1942 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Long Beach, California. He graduated from Millikan
High School in 1959 and received bachelor’s (1964) and masters’ (1966) degrees in civil engineering from the University of
Southern California. He lived in Hacienda Heights, California with his family from 1968 until his death.
Vandeventer was also a rail history enthusiast who was a longtime member of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California,
serving the museum as Superintendent of Railway Operations, Vice-President of Museum Services, and as a member of the Board.
Vandeventer passed away on June 5, 2003.
5.004 linear feet, 12 boxes
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