August 18: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1923:  The Los Angeles Motor Bus Company begins operating.

An open-air Fageol double-decker Los Angeles Motor Coach bus on Sunset Boulevard, ca. 1932 (Click to enlarge)

The operation is a joint venture between Los Angeles Railway and Pacific Electric Railway to institute a comprehensive new motor bus service for major arteriesin the rapidly expanding metropolis.

The even numbered buses belong to Los Angeles Railway and the odd numbered buses belong to Pacific Electric.

Los Angeles Motor Bus (later “Motor Coach,” ca. 1930) features double-decker buses and also serves Wilshire Boulevard where city law prohibited streetcar service.

While the history of railways in Los Angeles has been well documented, very little information exists on early bus operations and, particularly, rosters of equipment. According to the MBS Directory of Preserved Coaches dated October 1989, one 1924 Fageol Safety Coach exists and was or is in the hands of Peninsula Charter Lines of Palo Alto, California.

More information can be found in the 1925 A Comprehensive Rapid Transit Plan for Los Angeles full-text report.