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Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority

This article is about the transit agency from 1951–1964. For the present transit agency, see Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
Locale Los Angeles
Transit type Rapid transit (Subway)
Light rail
Local Bus
Bus rapid transit
Number of lines -- Subway
10 Light rail
-- Bus routes
Number of stations -- Rail
Daily ridership -- (Weekdays)
Began operation July 24, 1951
Operator(s) Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
System length Rail – 0 miles (0 km)
Bus – 0 miles (0 km)2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (sometimes referred to as LAMTA or MTA I) was a public agency formed in 1951.[1][2] Its original mandate was to do a feasibility study for a monorail line which would have connected Long Beach with the Panorama City district in the San Fernando Valley via Downtown Los Angeles.

The agency's powers were expanded in 1954, authorizing it to study and propose an extensive regional transit system.[3] In 1957, another expansion of the agency's powers authorized it to operate transit lines, and it subsequently purchased the bus and streetcar lines then being operated by Metropolitan Coach Lines, which had taken over passenger service of the Pacific Electric Railway in 1951, as well as the bus and streetcar lines of the Los Angeles Transit Lines, successor to the Los Angeles Railway.[4] The MTA began operating the lines on March 3, 1958,[5] and continued to do so until the agency was taken over by the Southern California Rapid Transit District on November 5, 1964.[6][7][8][9]

During the MTA's tenure, the last remaining rail transit lines in Los Angeles were abandoned and replaced with bus service, the last former Pacific Electric line in April 1961,[10][11][12] and the last former Los Angeles Railway lines in 1963.[13]

Rail Lines

Name Parent Company Abandoned
Bellflower Pacific Electric 1958
Long Beach Pacific Electric 1961
San Pedro via Dominguez Pacific Electric 1958
Watts Local Pacific Electric 1961
J Los Angeles Railway 1963
P Los Angeles Railway 1963
R Los Angeles Railway 1963
S Los Angeles Railway 1963
V Los Angeles Railway 1963
5 Los Angeles Railway 1963

See also

  • Jim Wilson (Los Angeles), MTA secretary


External Links

  • Mass transit plans in Los Angeles since 1951 (2.6MB PDF file)
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