October 11: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

SCRTD President John Dyer explains Metro Rail property purchase and plans (Click to enlarge)

1984:  The Southern California Rapid Transit District approves the purchase of 40 acres of Santa Fe Railway property near Union Station for the Metro Rail subway’s storage yard, central control and maintenance facility.

The District agrees to pay $27 million for the site, providing it with the necessary space for yards and shops to support the future Metro Rail system.

SCRTD agrees to pay an additional $16.5 million for expenses involved in relocating and rearranging Santa Fe’s tracks and facilities.