The art of transit

photo courtesy Metro Transportation Library and Archive’s Flickr page

This photo cracks me up. The year was 1982 and the old RTD — one of Metro’s predecessor agencies — was promoting a mass transit convention by putting tires on an old streetcar and driving around in downtown L.A. traffic. I’m sure the idea sounded better than than now.

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3 replies

  1. The man with the big smile above the banner bears a striking resemblance to Ward Kimball.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that were him.

  2. Was this the same PE streetcar that’s now (rubber tires removed and steel wheels/electric pickup replaced) part of the San Pedro Waterfront Red Car system?

    • Hi Elson;

      Good question but I don’t know the answer. I can’t tell if this was an actual streetcar or just one of those ones they make for street use and give an old-timey look.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source