Bus rapid transit in Los Angeles began with the El Monte Busway, which broke ground 40 years ago this week.
Today BRT in L.A. has expanded to several other transportation corridors, but this is the original, the grand-daddy of them all: The first multi-modal system in California and the first dedicated BRT station in the world.
While some things have changed (the draft environmental impact statement was only 17 pages long, and the El Monte Busway is now part of Silver Line service), the busway is as popular as ever.
Forty years later, daily ridership has grown from 12,000 to an estimated 40,000 as new terminals are planned for both El Monte and downtown Los Angeles.
The story and images of this historic transit line are up on the Metro Library’s Primary Resources Blog.