November 14: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1910:  The Los Angeles Railway Corporation acquired all of the urban lines of the Los Angeles Railway Company, the Pacific Electric Railway Company of California, the Los Angeles Inter-urban Railway Company, and the Los Angeles and Redondo Railway Company.

1933:  The Central Business District Association presents their Report on a Rapid Transit System for Los Angeles to the city and its citizens.

The report is made in hopes of securing a loan under the provisions of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933.

It recommends building a $37 million system and suggests the issuance of $30 million in bonds to finance the rest of the project.

The proposed system “is comprised of four lines radiating outward in four directions from the Central Business District”:

  • Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley
  • Southeastward from Whittier to Long Beach and San Pedro and including Orange County
  • The densely settled section between Downtown and Vineyard (now Palms), and the Santa Monica Bay Region
  • Glendale, Burbank and the San Fernando Valley Region

The report analyzes past and future growth for the region, explaining that the unparalleled rate of growth between 1920 and 1930 would not be as rapid in the future, even after normal economic conditions return to the nation.

Some notable parts of the report include operating costs extrapolated out to 1980 and predictions for rapid growth in the San Fernando Valley as far west as Chatsworth and Canoga Park which would necessitate use of Southern Pacific right-of-way (now the Metro Orange Line).

SCRTD methanol bus (Click to enlarge)

1992:  The Southern California Rapid Transit District Board of Directors approves the purchase of 202 more clean-burning methanol buses for $48.2 million to replace older diesel-powered buses.

The purchase makes SCRTD the largest single methanol fleet in the world.