“Creating Our Own Story”: How Metro Transportation Library & Archive Has Shared Collections And Information Since 1937

April 10-16 marks National Library Week! Every April, The American Library Association sponsors a week-long celebration of libraries. This year’s theme is “Create Your Own Story,” one that is quite fitting for us. As a library, we have always been challenged…

Future Stations Of The Past: 1980s Plans For A Wilshire / LaBrea Subway Stop & Overhead Metro Rail

This look back at plans for a Wilshire / La Brea Metro Rail station is the first in an occasional series focusing on “future stations of the past.” We want to begin sharing images and plans for stations already built, under future consideration, or off…

Recent Research: The Case For Business Investment In High-Speed Rail & A New Strategy For America’s Highways

APTA has released a new report titled The Case For Business Investment In High-Speed And Intercity Passenger Rail (9p. PDF). The overall growth in the U.S. rail passenger market growing at an impressive rate. Of the 35 light rail systems…

New And Notable: An Action Plan For Sustainable And Resilient Communities & Sustainability And Design Of Multi-Modal Interchanges

Stephen Coyle and Daniel Dunigan’s Sustainable And Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan For Towns, Cities, And Regions is the ultimate step-by-step action plan guidebook for making communities resilient, resourceful and healthy. Many communities today face an unprecedented struggle to…

Our Past Revealed: Southern California Transportation History Comes Alive Through Images And Stories Found In Local Archives, Libraries & Museums

The new year got off to a brisk start for L.A. as Subject, the research alliance comprised of over 230 institutional and individual members (including Metro’s Transportation Library & Archive) who collect, preserve and provide access to the history and…

Advertising Los Angeles’ Bus Service On Television: 1956 Cartoon Commercials & How They Were Made

  Transit promotion is everywhere. The ever-expanding media universe and our constant contact with it provides ample opportunities to spread the word about the benefits of public transportation. These days, transit marketing can be found not only in traditional media…

Research Roundup: ARRA Meets Passenger Rail, Overlooked Density & The Use Of Advance Construction

In January, 2010, President Obama announced that 31 states and the District of Columbia would receive $8 billion in funds from the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act to plan, develop, and construct high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects in corridors around…

New And Notable: Aerotropolis & Triumph Of The City

John D. Kasarda’s Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next is a brilliant, eye-opening look at the new phenomenon providing a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future — and ways in which we’ll do business as…

“Metro Diesels Don’t Cause Smog”: The 1954 Tests “Proving” L.A. Buses Were Clean & Actually “Helped” Solve The Smog Problem

Earlier this year, Metro retired its last diesel bus from its fleet of over 2,2000 vehicles. At that time, we took a closer look at the early history of diesel buses in Los Angeles and how Los Angeles Motor Coach‘s 1940 fleet…

Resources To Know: Mapping All Of America With Key Census Data, Block By Block

The New York Times recently released its mapping project containing information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Survey is a statistical sampling of 1 in 10 Americans between the years 2005 and 2009. Unlike the decennial census we are…

New And Notable: Helvetica And the New York City Subway System, Private Investment In Transportation Infrastructure & L.A. In The 1930s

For years, the signs in the New York City subway system were a bewildering hodge-podge of lettering styles, sizes, shapes, materials, colors and messages. The original mosaics (dating from as early as 1904), displaying a variety of serif and sans…