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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. This recording is the Loma Prieta oral history of Randy Gibson. At the time of the earthquake, Mr. Gibson was a District Materials Engineer with Caltrans in District 11 in San Diego. He was loaned to Caltrans District 4 to manage the Ferry service from Oakland, Alameda and Vallejo. Before the earthquake there was no regular ferry service from the east bay to San Francisco. Gibson was selected for managing the ferries because he was a retired navy captain, ran a public transportation system in San Diego and he had worked in legislative affairs department before joining the Materials Department. His recollections of managing the ferry service are important because his efforts helped the transportation system work after the Loma Prieta earthquake and because it was successful, public groups were formed to create support for permanent ferry service from Alameda, Oakland and Vallejo.
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