Excerpt from Review of I.C.C. Policies and Practices (Hearings of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Ninety-first Congress, first session, June 24 and 25, 1969)
Of particular note, racial discrimination in the seating of rail passengers resulted in the Santa Fe Railway paying a $5,000 forfeiture, the largest dollar amount ever paid under provisions of the Interstate Commerce Act for such a practice. The Commission claims in the Santa Fe case were based on allegations that, on July 10, 11 and 12, 1966, the Santa Fe was assigning adjacent seats, on its "Super Chief" eastbound from Los Angeles, to passengers on a segregated basis according to their race, and accomplished this through a reservation code by which the train reservations of Negro persons were designated "Patron" or "P". Such acts were in violation of a prior Commission cease and desist order issued under Section 3(1) of the Act and subjected the carrier to forfeiture claims under Section 16(8) of the Act.