April 15: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

Monorail route map

Report map depicting monorail’s Los Angeles River route (Click for more information)

1953:  Los Angeles County appropriates funds for the start of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority‘s engineering and economic studies for the San Fernando-Long Beach Monorail Study.

This marks the first time that public money is set aside to study the viability of monorail service for Los Angeles.

The joint study by Coverdale and Colpitts, Donald Baker, and Gibbs and Hill  costs $270,000.

The study concludes that the LAMTA does not have the appropriate authority to finance the project, thus laying the ground work for reassessment of the agency, its powers, and its jurisdictions.

1973:  Southern California Rapid Transit District inaugurates major improvements to San Fernando Valley bus service.