August 15: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1958:  The El Monte Division is officially designated as Division 9 by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.

LAMTA acquired the property in its purchase of Metropolitan Coach Lines, the successor agency to Pacific Electric Railway, earlier in the year.


1984:  The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission commits $406.6 million in local matching funds for the federally funded Metro Rail subway project.

The financial backing brings the project closer to its eventual September 29, 1986 groundbreaking.


2003:  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Flexcar, the nation’s largest and oldest provider of car-sharing programs, launch innovative, on-demand service.

The 26-car fleet is available at Union Station and near the Transit Mall Metro Blue Line Station, but they may also be checked out at stations along the Metro Gold Line and at locations in Pasadena, Burbank and Santa Monica.

More information can be found in the August 15, 2003 issue of the MyMetro employee news digest.