January 18: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1951:  The First and Second Street Bridges over the new Harbor Freeway in downtown Los Angeles are completed at a cost of $450,000.

More information can be found in the March-April, 1951 issue of California Highways and Public Works.



1994:  Following the previous day’s Northridge Earthquake, Metro puts additional buses and trains in service in the areas most heavily impacted.

These include streets parallel to the I-10 freeway which collapsed at La Cienega Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Additional Metrolink trains were added to and from Santa Clarita to assist with the impacts of the collapse of State Route 14 onto the I-5 interchange, which causes ridership between Antelope Valley and Los Angeles to triple.

Inspections of LACMTA’s rail systems, including those under construction, reveal zero damage.

More information can be found in the February, 1994 issue of Metro’s MTA News employee news magazine and the February, 1994 issue of Metro Moves employee news magazine.