October 1: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1899:  Pacific Electric Railway changes its name to just Pacific Electric.

1950:  Last run for Pacific Electric’s Venice Boulevard – San Vicente Boulevard local line as well as the Hollywood Boulevard via Hill Street Line and Echo Park Avenue Lines.

Pacific Electric President O.A. Smith (left) with J.L. Haugh, President of Metropolitan Coach Lines, September 30, 1953 (Click to enlarge)

1953:  Pacific Electric sells its rail and bus passenger operations to Metropolitan Coach Lines.

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The complete story of the changeover to Metropolitan Coach Lines can be found in the October, 1953 issue of the Pacific Electric employee news magazine.