October 11: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1923:  The first buses roll on Wilshire Boulevard.

The service runs from a downtown loop at Olive Street, west to La Brea Avenue, utilizing five buses on a 15-minute headway.

More information can be found in the October 15, 1923 issue of Two Bells, the Los Angeles Railway employee news magazine.

1984:  The Southern California Rapid Transit District approves the purchase of 40 acres of Santa Fe Railway property near Union Station for the Metro Rail subway’s storage yard, central control and maintenance facility.

The District agrees to pay $27 million for the site, providing it with the necessary space for yards and shops to support the future Metro Rail system.  SCRTD agrees to pay an additional $16.5 million for expenses involved in relocating and rearranging Santa Fe’s tracks and facilities.

More information can be found in the November, 1984 issue of Headway, the Southern California Rapid Transit District employee news magazine.