LOS ANGELES TRANSIT
Official Web site of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Most public transportation in the Los Angeles area has been publicly owned since 1958, when the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority was formed. In 1963, the system was reorganized as the Southern California Rapid Transit District. And in 1993, the system was reorganized as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The last streetcars ran in 1963, and trolleybuses operated from 1947 to 1963. A new light rail line opened in 1990 between Los Angeles and Long Beach, following the former Pacific Electric right of way. And in 1995, the first segment of the new heavy rail subway line opened.
Several additional bus systems exist in the Los Angeles area, many of them municipally owned.
Many different street railway and bus companies have existed in Los Angeles.
How the street railways and bus lines evolved into today's transit system the Los Angeles area.
For many years, eight cities outside of Los Angeles have had their own municipal bus systems. And in the eastern part of Los Angeles County, Foothill Transit became an independent transit operator in 1988.
Scanned images from a 1954 Los Angeles Transit Lines route map, and from a 1972 Southern California Rapid Transit District map.
Zoomable Google Maps show locations of present transit facilities. Satellite views are also available.
LACMTA operating divisions are identified by number. Also shown are the eight independent municipal bus systems which have operated for many years.
Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California
The Bus Rosters Page
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Wikipedia)
Tom Wetzel's Home Page
San Fernando Valley Transit Insider
Introduced 1992 over former Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific trackage.
Information from various sources, including various issues of the magazines "Motor Coach Age" and "Headlights", and the book "Street Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles", by Robert C. Post.
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