Author: Kenn Bicknell

Why the Northridge Quake was a defining moment for transit

Text by India Mandelkern. This post originally appeared on Metro’s The Source on January 17, 2024. Where were you during the Northridge Earthquake? If you lived here in the 90s, the moment is probably seared into your brain, a gut-stopping collective…

George Takei

George Takei is known to most people as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the fictional starship USS Enterprise on the television series Star Trek. The native Angeleno also served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District…

Metro Regional Connector: History and Resources

Metro’s Regional Connector opens on June 16, 2023. This project makes it easier to ride across Los Angeles County as passengers can now travel between Azusa and Long Beach, and between East Los Angeles and Santa Monica, without transferring lines.…

Jennie Shand: World War I & Los Angeles’ first female streetcar operator

The first World War brought with it unprecedented manpower challenges to local transit companies. Our earliest held Pacific Electric employee news magazine was published in November, 1918, the month that the four-year conflict ended. (Our collection of Los Angeles Railway…

Alternative Fuels in Los Angeles Transit: History & Resources

Page content by Danny Seplow Pollution has been a problem that has challenged Los Angeles for over a century. Geographic features make smog prone to stay above the city and urban sprawl has created the demand for long-distance transit, most…

“Farewell” to our Los Angeles Transportation Headlines…for now.

Our last day of Los Angeles Transportation Headlines in its current format will be Wednesday, April 19, 2023. With very little advance notice, we have been informed that our digital daily newspaper platform, paper.li, is going away and will no…

Cartographer Laura L. Whitlock: Los Angeles’ Pioneer mapmaker and copyright warrior

During the early years of the 20th century, Laura L. Whitlock, “the official mapmaker of Los Angeles County” was the first woman cartographer in the United States to publish her work for the mass market and the first person in…

TAP Cards and Universal Fare Media in Los Angeles Transit: History & Resources

The vision and concept for a universal fare system for Los Angeles County began at the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission in 1990. The agency encouraged countywide transit policies among all the transit service providers: for example, Southern California Rapid…

The Red Line Just Turned 30. Here’s Why It Matters.

Text by India Mandelkern. The B (Red) Line has always been the busiest line in our transit network. On an average weekday, the B Line has about 75,000 boardings. Together with the D (Purple) Line, which shares some of the…

When Los Angeles was declared to have hit “Peak Car”…in 1920!

There has been plenty of research published about the adoption and rapid growth of automobile use in Los Angeles in the early 1920s. Some notable resources include Scott L. Bottles’ Los Angeles and the Automobile: The Making of the Modern…