December 11: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1935:  Work begins on modern improvements to the Conejo Grade.  The highway between Newbury Park and Camarillo in Ventura County eliminates one of the most dangerous stretches of the “old coast highway” along the critical link of U.S. 101, and later opens on May 1, 1937.

More information can be found in the May, 1937 issue of California Highways and Public Works.


2013:  Metro begins latching turnstile gates at Blue Line stations in order to only allow passengers with TAP cards loaded with appropriate fare to pass through to boarding.  The latching is part of a larger project to determine TAP’s progress in fare evasion.

More information can be found in the December 11, 2013 post on Metro’s The Source.