Lost Parkways Of Los Angeles: The 1946 Proposed Interregional, Regional And Metropolitan Plan

In the long history of transit planning in Los Angeles, early documents focused on relieving congestion with new street plans. Shortly after phenomenal growth in both area and population before World War II, various studies and reports outlined ambitious plans…

Who Let The Data Out?: Comparing Transit Systems’ Open Data Elements

Washington D.C. is the latest transit agency of note to open its data to the public – and they are going all out to take the lead in this area in order to improve service. The agency is creating a…

Transit Agency Cooperation In Mid-Century L.A. (Or Lack Thereof)…

How do we increase the appeal of public transit ridership in Los Angeles? Recent Los Angeles Times columns (here, here, and here) suggest that streamlining transfers and passes within and across agencies could go a long way to make transit…

Hand-Held Museums: Is The Future Of History On Your Phone?

Contemporary street scene with 1953 image of soldier in Piccadilly Circus In addition to transit and transportation news and research, we are also periodically highlighting innovations in libraries and archives which will shape the way we search for and find…

The “Original Downtown Regional Connector?”: The 1954 Underground Bus Network Maps

Click on the map to open it, and again to enlarge it. We wanted to follow up on yesterday’s post about the proposed underground express bus network from the 1954 Supplemental Study Of Mass Transportation: Express Busses In Subways. The…

The 1954 Plan For Los Angeles’ Underground Bus Network (Yes, Underground!)

As we proposed in our inaugural welcome post, our goal is to provide context for current transportation issues as well as to share the rich resources in our collections. Our ability to digitize items and share them online provides access…

How We Commute: Moving Into The "State Of Metropolitan America"

Earlier this month, The Brookings Institution disseminated State Of Metropolitan America: On The Front Lines Of Demographic Transformation. This landmark 172-page report details the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s essential economic and societal units—its large metropolitan areas—and discusses…

Keeping Up With Public Transportation Research From TRB: Finding Publications, Conferences, Hearings, And RSS Feeds

The Transportation Research Board’s Public Transportation Research website is a treasure-trove of great resources for what’s happening in transportation innovation and progress. This site highlights recently released TRB reports, meeting announcements, requests for proposals, and other announcements related to public…

50 Years Ago This Week: The Launch Of Freeway Flyer Service

Years before the El Monte Busway became the first dedicated freeway lanes for buses and decades before the Metro Silver Line began running, the Freeway Flyer service was created in response to increasing traffic congestion. The exodus of Los Angeles’…

The Key To Transportation Research: Harnessing The Wealth Of Information In The TRB Databases

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently conducted a webinar that explored practical tips for searching the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS), Research In Progress (RIP), and Research Needs Statements (RNS) databases. This 90-minute session, titled “Knowledge Is Power: How TRB’s…

Go Play On The Freeway! Cap Park Proposals And A Look Back At The Highway Relationship To Park Planning In Los Angeles

Over the past few years, large cities have sought to increase the availability recreational space in crowded urban environments. The success of Chicago’s Millennium Park and New York’s High Line show imaginative planning and construction of new places to meet…