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Kim Upton

Summer Metro Motion now on YouTube

Catch a preview of Metro Rail’s 20th birthday in Summer Metro Motion — Metro’s quarterly cable TV show featuring stories about transportation issues and achievements across Los Angeles County. Through old footage and new, Summer Metro Motion celebrates the 20th birthday of Metro Rail — the first line in Metro’s modern rail [continue reading]

From the archives: Peaceful cohabitation

Cars and streetcars peacefully sharing limited street space in downtown L.A. in December, 1930. Of course, road rage as an accepted behavior had not yet reached maturity. (Like the people who succumb?) Photo taken looking north at Broadway and Third Street. Remove the vehicles and the street looks surprisingly similar [continue reading]

From the archives: Pass perfect

Thousands of visual reminders of history are stored on the Metro Library Flickr site. Tucked among the historic photos is a shot of a few weekly passes from the 1930s, showing that many Los Angeles Railway tickets were small works of art. Some simply reminded riders not to forget Mother’s Day. [continue reading]

From the archives: rapid reality

Plucked from the fabulous Metro Library coffers, this cover page from “Rapid Transit – A Reality” shows a proposed ultramodern train on its way to Century City, as well as an ambitious list of other hot spots — all scheduled for completion by July, 1968. The document was part of a 1963 presentation.  Accompanying [continue reading]

Oscar returns … a few days early

You might think you have until Sunday to diet into that gown or tux for the Academy Awards but Metro’s already getting ready. The red carpet in front of the Kodak Theatre will be installed tonight, starting at 10 p.m. or so … which means that buses normally cruising Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and LaBrea [continue reading]