Certificate of Incorporation Issued
The certificate of incorporation was issued by the State Corporation Commission on January 31.
On February 6, an organizational meeting of the company was held. The City turned to Mr. William “B” Bill Hurd, an Alexandria resident who spent many years as the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), and in the 1970’s served as a transportation consultant to three other Virginia transit systems inRichmond, Roanoke, and Lynchburg and helped each of them as their municipal governments set up local bus service. Mr. Hurd went on to serve as Chairman of the ATC Board of Directors for the next 22 years and provided sound leadership and fostered a back to basics approach of clean buses, friendly and courteous drivers, and safe and reliable service that helped DASH to gain the reputation it has today.
DASH is born!
On March 11, the first DASH bus rolled down the streets of Alexandria. The system started with 30 employees and in the first year annual ridership was less than 1 million passengers covering 582,000 miles. The fledgling service not only saved the City money, but it provided for better service into the neighborhoods. The first 17 buses were smaller than the Metro Buses – only 30 feet long with 31 seats. As the system began to grow, more routes were added, more employees were hired, and the staff moved out of their trailer into their location on South Quaker Lane in Alexandria.