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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethkidge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, AJberta, Thursday, November Pages 29-S4 CALGARY TRIES MODIFIED RAPID TRANSIT ;BABES' doesn't refer to girls you watch on street corner By JOE WILL CALGARY (CP) The fa- vcred approach among cities with transportation woes ia talk, talk, talk and study, study, study. Doing something lo alle- viate problems or even to avoid them seems less popu- lar, says transportation direc- tor Bill Kuyt of Calgary. "You can [ill shelves with studies; Vancouver has been doing this for years. "But Regina said 'Let's try.' We are doing the same." Calgary is looking for its answer to congestion in a 1G- month experiment called tha Blue Arrow Bus Express Sys- tem Its aim is to get people in and out of downtown in a hurry and Mr. Kuyt says some aspects are as innova- tive as Regma's dial-a-bus in- troduced last year. BABES is a fore-nmner of rapid transit and operates on streets which follow the pro- posed rapid transit corridors. Mr. Kuyt said the system is the first in North America to run a fast-service bus solely on city streets. Seattle runs a similar system through its downtown but mostly uses freeways. EUROPEAN IDEA To get the jump on traffic in the city centre, BABES has a mixture of special bus lanes, a five-second start on other traffic at some intersec- tions, and bus sensors which sti up sequences of traffic lights. Running buses the wrong way down one lane of a one- way street is also consi- dered as a way of avoiding noTinal traffic. In the morning out-bound one-ways are prac- tically deserted as cars head for the middle of town while In the evening the situation Is reversed. The wrong-way Idea came from Europe which Mr. Kuyt described as miles ahead of North America in public transit. Another European idea is the use of radios, facil- itating the addition of buses when passengers increase and Improving schedule reliabil- ity. BABES runs five days a week, 12 hours a day begin- ning at a.m. and replaces four rush-hour express routes which used to run about six hours a day. MORE PASSENGERS The old routes averaged passengers a day but the first day BABES was in oper- ation it had patrons. Usage has risen between five and six per cent a week to a day. When two days of snowy weather arrived, the number of passengers jumped 27 per cent. Mr. Kuyt said the Increase may indicate what will hap- pen In the winter when down- town workers leave their cars at home. Unless people use rapid transit It will not be economi- cally feasible and Mr. Kuyt says a system better than buses will be needed by end of the 1970s. Another reason for rapid transit is pollution. At present, 230 buses an hour travel within a block of each other In the downtown, When the fumes from their diesel engines and tlie other traffic are considered they be- come "just too many In too small an area." LEARNING TO COPE WITH LIFE PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) Trent University will conduct a 14-week teaching program in basic life skills for prisoners at Millbrook correctional Institute, a provincial maximum security prison about 15 miles southeast of here. The course is designed to help prisoners cope with soci- ety when they leave the prison. The university conducted a similar program earlier this year at Warkworth penitentiary, a federal medium security prison. The program, divided Into three sections, will attempt to foster In the students an aware- ness of marital, parent-child, and vocationally-oriented rela- tionships, examine some of life's problems and how to solve them, study every-day finance, and demonstrate the benefits of working with society rather than against It. Volunteers from the univer- sity and elsewhere in the com- munity will assist in the course. G. A. Irvine, assistant deputy warden at Warkworth peniten- tiary, said the program was "very adding that the prisoners showed consider- able Interest aad commented fa- vorably on It Find mail bombs NEW DELHI (AP) The government disclosed Wednes- day that two more letter bombs have been intercepted In Bombay, bringing to 52 the number found in India since a explosion in a Bombay post of- fice Nov. t Injured a postal worker. China's teeming masses are asset to Mao, not liability Have to ask about costs? This car isn't tor you DETROIT (AP) If you have to ask about financing, In- surance rates, or even gas mile- age, you can't afford a Stutz Blackhawk II. But officials of Stutz Motorcar of America, Inc., which started in 1968, are happy only a few can afford for one of the runabouts. Otherwise it would lose Its cnob appeal. Blackhawk IT Is what the company says a Blackhawk would look like today if It hadn't folded in 1929. The Stufz Blackhawk, along with its more common cousin, the Stutz Bearcat, was a De- pression-era victim along with other automotive notables such as the Graham-Paige, Chandler, Jewett, Marmon, Moon-Diana, and Star. Company President James O'Donnell is a New York inves- tor who financed the old car bufft who wanted lo recreate the Blackhawk as a modern limited production luxury car. So far the company's plant In Turin, Italy, has made 47, and O'Donnell said if he did not get another order for a year the plant would be turning out the 100-or-so backlogged orders. The Blackhawk II is actually a hand-crafted body, with leather seats, portable backseat bar, AM-FM stereo, air condi- tioning and optional mink floor a GM chassis powered by a 455-cubic-inch engine like the ones in the large Pontiacs. In fact, except for the ,.and- crafted parts, Blackhawk II uses GM parts exclusively. Going up inwl fromrwork for newest Indus- try new million distillery li currently go. Ing up near 28th St. and 9th Ave. N. International Distiller! Canada Lid. will produce two million gallant of high-proof liquor annual- ly when the distillery goet Into full production. Tht new facility Is expected to create about 50 fulltime jobs. Construction Is ex- pected to be completed next August. 2300 cc's for a little over 2G's Yes with Vega you get a snappy 2300 cc engine that gives amaz- ing performance and economy, for just a little over two thousand dollars Chetne frem 3 models the Hatchback Coupe, Notchbaek Coupe, and the Kammbock Wagon. Because you want things your way! See one of our experienced transportation experts for a demonstration drive soon at BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE MOTORS INSURANCE CORPORATION EG 2nd AVE. and 8th STREET S. PHONE 328-1101 Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday! from 9 a.m. la 6 p.m. By JOHN RODERICK PEKING (AP) China is people, staggering millions of them, spilling into the streets, thronging the eating houses, packing the stadiums, crawl- ing over the curiously shaped stones o! an old garden. A quarter-century ago, in their profusion and poverty, they Eeemel millstones around the neck of Chiang Kai-shek. His Nationalist gov- ernment, just emerging from a crippling war, still engaged In a fitful civil conflict with the Communists, could only regard the Chinese millions as too many mouths to feed, ob- stacles to economic recovery. Western experts and writers predicted that the very weight of China's 500 million people in 1947 would prevent the country from ever becoming a first-rate power. Some thought the only cure for over-population was war, pes- tilence, natural disaster. A visitor to China in those days saw no workable solution to the recurring problem of loo little food and too many people. Hunger was endemic, starvation recurrent, illness commonplace. The spectacle of thousands of Chinese stretching out bony hand: for a bowl of rice during times of farr-ine burned itself into the memories of many foreigners. So did that of Chinese jos- tling each other for seats on the already packed trains, lin- ing up for blocks to cash in currency hourly losing its value, or fighting each other for the privilege ot unloading Shanghai riverfront freighters at a few cents a day. A Chinese crowd of the 1940s often was a quarrel- some, ear-deafening, frighten- ing experience, its Inmvldul components sacrificing human dignity in a mass struggle to survive at all cost. SAW PEOPLE AS ASSET Today there are more peo- ple in 750 million of them. Crowds, u before, are everywhere. But somehow they are different. Walk through a Peking de- partment store, stroll ill a Canton public park or the Yu Yuan stone gardens in Shanghai and you will run into teeming crowds as in the past. But they are better-dressed. Their blue Jackets and trou- sers are faded and occasion- ally patched, but clean and neat. Like the Chinese of the 1940s they press in on you, inquisitive and curious. But a touch on the shoulder, a nod from a guide, opens a path through the human wall. There are no shouts, no com- mands, no policemen to clear the way. The differenceslnthe Chinese crowds of today and yesterday are explained by a different Interpretation of the uses of China's vast popula- tion. The planners of pre-1949 regarded GO many people as a liability and a misfortune. Mao Tse-tung saw them as an asset. He believed that their combined muscle-power could make up for the lack of ma- chines. lie had formed the into a strong army in th< 1930s, and in the 1940s he en- couraged them with the carrot of private land ownership to produce an upsurge in agri- culture. In the 1950s, mistakenly some say, he threw them into a frenzied industrial speed-up called "the Great Leap For- ward." The rural communea he created then have survived in modified form. In the 1960s, he stirred China's masses Into t great movement, the cultural revo- lution. CONTROL IS LOCAL Mao exerts a strong bold en the Chinese Imagination, but he has not succeeded in moulding and forming dm muses through par ion 11 magnetism alone. Thi Kcrel Is organization. old style his style It takes a special breed of man to answer the Call of the North. And that kind of man still enjoys our kind of beer. Old Style Pilsner: brewed slow and natural for men who prize the real thing. That your style? Better make tracks for Old Style Pilsner. TRADITION YOU CAN TASTK FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDQK ;