Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

1934 Map Shows Los Angeles' Extensive Public Rail System

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Everything old is new again. This 1934 map via the Big Map Blog shows what Los Angeles looked like before freeways but after an extensive rail and bus line system had been built.

The dotted lines show the routes for cars (meaning bus lines), the solid lines are for the coaches run by the Pacific Electric Railway, Los Angeles Railway and Los Angeles Motor Coach Company. The first subway in the area started rolling nearly a decade before but it didn't last forever thanks to freeways, car culture (and maybe conspiracy). At the time, Los Angeles proper had about one-third of the population it has today.

Related:
LAistory: The 1925 "Hollywood Subway"
Potential Routes for Downtown Streetcars Getting Reviewed
Now Online: Transit Maps and Plans Dating Back to 1906
Bringing Back the NoHo Streetcar Idea