It’s pretty amazing that in sprawling Southern California commuter rail was all but absent for most of the latter half of the 20th century. That changed when five counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside — agreed to come together and foot the bill for a commuter [continue reading]
San Fernando Valley’s big anniversary: Passenger rail service from LA to Van Nuys began 100 years ago
Transit users in the San Fernando Valley probably didn’t notice anything different last Friday when the second century of public transportation in the area got underway. December 16, 1911, was the first day of rail service from Los Angeles to Van Nuys, a development which quickly transformed the Valley from outlying area to commutable [continue reading]
Did you know that the Metro Transportation Library & Archive’s Flickr photo site has grown to more than 7,700 digital images? The collection of local area photographs dating back to the 1880s has been online for just over 3 years, and this week it surpassed 1.5 million views. That reinforces [continue reading]
The Main Street and Agricultural Park Railroad — seen here slicing past livery stables in (or near) downtown L.A. — was the first suburban line in Los Angeles. The company was chartered in November, 1874 and began operation in 1875 from the Southern Pacific Railroad River Station Depot on North [continue reading]
It’s easy to picture L.A. as a railway hub. We have the trains to prove it. But we also at one time had one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the country.