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P A

Public Address System. Amplified audio system used for addressing people in buildings, outside areas and in bus and rail vehicles. Buses are equipped with PA for the operator to announce the stops and to communicate other information to passengers. The…

Pacific Electric Railway (1901-1965)

The Pacific Electric Railway, also known as the “Red Car” system, was a mass transit system in Southern California using streetcars, light rail, and buses. At its greatest extent, around 1925, the system interconnected cities in Los Angeles and Orange…

PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY (PE)

The Los Angeles basin’s interurban system, which once had over 1,100 miles of rail passenger service. Built mainly by Henry E. HUntington, who began it in 1901. The “Red Car” system was a subsidary of Southern Pacific Railway after 1911,…

PADDLE (PADDLE BOARD)

An individual bus or rail schedule (given to operators) which documents the schedule times of a single run on a given line or lines for a work run. The term originates from streetcar individual schedules which were issued to motormen…