Category: L.A. Transit & Transportation History

L.A. Transit & Transportation History

Our “Grand Concourse”: Historic Images Of Wilshire Boulevard’s Double-Decker Buses & Other Forgotten History

We periodically highlight “Resources To Know” which lead you to important information sources for research, as well as the core collection of classic titles in the study of Los Angeles transit and transportation history. One indisputable work is Kevin Roderick’s Wilshire…

But Have You Seen This One?: Celebrating The Lesser-Known Historic Transit Photos Of Los Angeles

We are celebrating another achievement today: our Flickr online photo gallery has clocked 1.5 million views after just three years since we began offering up our digital images to the public. It was exactly nine months ago that we celebrated hitting the 1,000,000 mark. On…

148 Bike Paths, Trails, Lanes & Shared Routes: The 1975 Los Angeles County Bikeways Plan

This month, the County of Los Angeles released it’s long-awaited Bicycle Master Plan (214p. PDF), along with extensive technical appendices (195p.) This comprehensive approach to accomodating bicycle transportation throughout the County led us to dust off a very early predecessor.…

40 Years Ago Today: DASH Debuts As Mini-Bus In Downtown Los Angeles

The Mini-Bus, the predecessor to Los Angeles’ downtown DASH system, was launched forty years ago today.   The Southern California Rapid Transit District‘s mini-bus rolled out for test runs on October 13, 1971, with public boardings beginning five days later.  …

25 Years Ago Today: Los Angeles’ Red Line Subway Breaks Ground

Today marks an auspicious anniversary: 25 years ago today, leaders across the region came together to celebrate the groundbreaking for Los Angeles’ modern Metro Rail subway system. After years of planning, ground was broken on September 29, 1986 at the site of the future…

50 Years Ago Today: Passenger Projections & Financial Feasibility Report For An LAX Monorail Project

Whether considered for alignment following the Los Angeles River, or connecting the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, Los Angeles’ historic monorail proposals each have their own fascinating story. Fifty years ago today, transportation consultant Arthur C. Jenkins submitted his Preliminary Report On A…

19 Streetcar Models From Los Angeles Railway: Rarely Seen 1940s Photography And Construction Specifications

Archives are anything but static warehouses of historic resources — the are dynamic, organic things. New items are added, while the collection is sometimes reorganized to maximize research potential. And sometimes, you come across something that may have been there all…

Hollywood Bowl Transit, Part II: So What Did Those People Mover & Elevated Moving Sidewalk Proposals Say?

Last week, we took a look at one of Los Angeles’ proposed “future stations of the past”: the history behind the never-realized plans for a Metro Red Line station at the Hollywood Bowl. As we noted, once the station idea…

Future Stations Of The Past: Whatever Happened To Early Plans For A Metro Rail Stop At The Hollywood Bowl?

After exploring the fate of transit stations previously planned for Wilshire & La Brea and a downtown “Metroport,” we now turn our attention to early designs for a Red Line station next to the Hollywood Bowl. With various aspects of…

A Look Back At 1880s Cable Car Service In Los Angeles

If you asked anyone to put the notion of “cable cars” and “California” together, they would undoubtedly imagine San Francisco and its long history of cabled transit. But Los Angeles enjoyed its own cable car era, roughly between 1880 and 1890. When Andrew…