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Los Angeles Transit And Transportation Studies, 1911-1957

The following documents are the key resources in Los Angeles transit and transportation planning history prior to the LAMTA publicly-governed era.  The Library and Archive has begun digitizing them to provide full-text access online:

Date Title Prepared By: Commissioned By:

1911

Preliminary Report Upon The Transportation Problem of Los Angeles

Bion J. Arnold

Los Angeles City Council

1914

Rail Transit

George A. Damon, W. L. Newton

City Planning Association

1915 Study of Street Traffic Conditions in the City of Los Angeles and the Practicability of Subsurface or Elevated Construction for Urban and Interurban Transit Facilities E. W. Bannister Los Angeles Railways?

1920

Report on Railroad Grade Crossings Elimination and Passenger Freight Terminals in Los Angeles

California Railroad Commission, Richard Sachse, Chief Engineer

California Railroad Commission

1922 The Los Angeles Plan: A Selected Traffic Program Los Angeles Traffic Commission Los Angeles Traffic Commission
1922 Study and Plan of Relief of the Street Traffic Congestion in the City of Los Angeles, Calif.
John M. Terrass University of California, Berkeley

1924

A Major Traffic Street Plan for Los Angeles

Olmsted, Bartholomew, Cheney

Traffic Commission of City and County

1925

Report and Recommendations on a Comprehensive Rapid Transit Plan for City and County of Los Angeles

Kelker, DeLeuw & Company

City Council and Board of Supervisors

 1926 Traffic Problem in Los Angeles Clarence R. Smethen The Municipal Employee

1929

County of Los Angeles Regional Plan of Highways, Section 2-E, San Gabriel Valley

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1930

Conference on the Rapid Transit Question

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1930

Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region

Olmsted, Bartholomew

Citizen's Committee on Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches

1931

County of Los Angeles Regional Plan of Highways, Section 4, Long Beach-Redondo Area

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1933

Report on a Rapid Transit System for Los Angeles

Donald M. Baker

Central Business District Association

1934

Report of a Highway Traffic Survey in the County of Los Angeles

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1935

Report on the Public Transportation Requirements in Los Angeles

California Railroad Commission

California Railroad Commission

1935 A Study Of The Feasibility and Desirability of a City Wide Motor Coach System to Replace Existing Local Transportation Systems in the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Utilities & Transportation Los Angeles City Council

1937

Report of a Highway Traffic Survey in the County of Los Angeles

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1937

Traffic Survey, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Automobile Club of Southern California

Automobile Club of Southern California

1938-1939

Report on Traffic and Transportation Survey

WPA Transportation Engineering Board, Stone & Webster, Madigan-Hyland, Donald M. Baker

Citizen's Transportation Survey Committee and City of Los Angeles

1939

A Transit Program for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area: Presenting Recommendations For Development of Facilities for Private and Mass Transit and a Plan for Coordination of Mass Transportation Operations

Transportation Engineering Board, Stone & Webster, Madigan-Hyland

Citizen's Transportation Survey Committee and City of Los Angeles

1939

An Analysis of Proposals to Provide Rapid and Adequate Mass Transportation for the Los Angeles Area

Evan W. Thomas

University of California at Los Angeles

1940

General Conclusions and Recommendations Concerning Mass Transit in the Los Angeles Area

Board of Public Utilities and Transportation, City of Los Angeles

Board of Public Utilities and Transportation, City of Los Angeles

1940

Report on Urban Mass Passenger Transportation Facilities and Requirements in Los Angeles

California Railroad Commission

California Railroad Commission

1941

A Comprehensive Report on the Master Plan of Highways for the Los Angeles County Regional Planning District. Volume 1: The Plan and Its Preparation

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1941

A Parkway Plan for the City of Los Angeles and The Metropolitan Area

City of Los Angeles Planning Commission

City of Los Angeles Planning Commission

1941-1942

WPA Traffic Survey

County Regional Planning Commission an I.S. Shattuck

County Regional Planning Commission

1942 Cities Are For People: The Los Angeles Region Plans For Living Mel Scott, Alvin Lustig, Bob Holdeman Pacific Southwest Academy

1942

Mass Transit Facilities and the Master Plan of Parkways

City of Los Angeles Planning Commission

City of Los Angeles Planning Commission

1942

Results of Emergency Transportation Survey

California Railroad Commission

California Railroad Commission

1943

Freeways for the Region

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1944

Business Districts

County Regional Planning Commission

County Regional Planning Commission

1944

Transit Study, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Central Business District Association

Central Business District Association

1945 Parkway Transit Lines in the Los Angeles Central Business District Central Business District Association Central Business District Association
1945 Downtown Los Angeles Parking Study Downtown Business Men's Association of Los Angeles Downtown Business Men's Association of Los Angeles

1945

City of Los Angeles Recommended Program for Improvement of Transportation and Traffic Facilities in the Metropolitan Area

DeLeuw, Lewis, Ong

City of Los Angeles

1946

Interregional, Regional, Metropolitan Parkways: Presenting Plans And Factual Data in Support of a System of Parkways for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Los Angeles Metropolitan Parkway Engineering Committee

Los Angeles Metropolitan Parkway Engineering Committee

1946 Suggested Down Town Traffic Solution Program Plant Engineering Co. Presented to Los Angeles Railway Corp.

1946

Traffic Facility Improvement

Central Business District Association

Central Business District Association

1946

Los Angeles Parkway and Transit System

Central Business District Association

Central Business District Association

1947

Traffic: Historical Summary

Los Angeles Traffic Association

Los Angeles Traffic Association

1947

The Los Angeles Traffic and Transit Problem

Town Hall

Town Hall

1947

Report on Engineering Survey of Operations and Facilities of Los Angeles Transit Lines

California Public Utilities Commission

California Public Utilities Commission

1947

Basic Data for Formation of Rapid Transit Action Group

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

 1948  Rail Rapid Transit Now! Rapid Transit Action Group Rapid Transit Action Group

1948

Traffic: Traffic Problems in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Los Angeles Traffic Association

Los Angeles Traffic Association

1948

A Report on Statistical Data and Trends Applying to the Transit Industry of the United States

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1948

Pacific Electric Modernization Plan

Public Service Survey

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1948

Passenger Loading Standards-An Analysis of Their Effect Upon Rail and Motor Coach Lines of Pacific Electric Railway Company

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1948

Engineering and Economic Features of Passenger Transportation Operations - Venice Short Line

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1948

Street Traffic Management for Los Angeles: Appraisal and Recommendations

Traffic Survey Committee, City of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

1949

Final Report of the Assembly Interim Committee for the Investigation of Traffic Control

California Assembly Interim Committee (Burkhalter Report)

California Assembly

1949

Rapid Transit for Metropolitan Areas And Related Problems: Preliminary and Supplemental Report No. II

Assembly Fact-Finding Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges

California Assembly

1949

Report on Engineering and Economic Features of Passenger Transportation Operations, Service and Facilities...: Pasadena

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Engineering and Economic Features of Passenger Transportation Operations - Western District

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Engineering and Economic Features of Passenger Transportation Operations - Santa Ana Line

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Report on Operations, Facilities, Organization, Financial Status and Modernization Program of Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles, California

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Nonproductive Use of Investment, Schedule Man Hours Analysis and Traffice Data

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Supplemental Data Relating to Passenger Loading Standards and Resume of Evidence on the Subject

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949

Application for Authority to Make Certain Changes in Passenger Rail and Motor Coach Service, Operations and Facilities

Arthur C. Jenkins

Pacific Electric Railway Company

1949 Rapid Transit for Metropolitan Areas And Related Problems: Preliminary and Supplemental Report No. II of the Assembly Fact-Finding Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges Assembly Fact-Finding Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges, Ernest R. Geddes, Chairman California State Assembly
1950 In The Matter of the Application of Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles California, Before The Board of Public Utilities and Transportation of the City of Los Angeles: For Authority To Make Certain Changes In Passenger Rail and Motor Coach Service, Operations and Facilities Pursuant to Franchise Ordinance No. 90344 Arthur C. Jenkins Pacific Electric Railway Company

1951

Information For Prospective Consultants - Los Angeles County Transit Survey: Index To Traffic And Transit Reports

University Presidents' Advisory Committee On Los Angeles County Transportation Problems

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

1951 Final Report of the Assembly Interim Committee For Investigation of Traffic Control California State Assembly California State Assembly

1953

Monorail Systems for Mass Rapid Transit: Presented Before the Regional Planning and Development Section of Town Hall, Los Angeles, California, August 12, 1953

Gibbs & Hill, Inc.

Regional Planning and Development Section-Town Hall

1953

Express Busses on Freeways

Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association

Board of Directors, Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association

1954

Report to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority on a Monorail Rapid Transit Line for Los Angeles, January 15, 1954

Coverdale & Colpitts Ruscardon Engineers, Gibbs & Hill, Inc.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority

1954

Express Busses in Subways: 1954 Supplemental Study of Mass Transportation

Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association

Board of Directors, Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association

1954 Mass Rapid Transit for Metropolitan Los Angeles: Analysis of the Problem, Summary of Economic Engineering Report, Plan of Action for 1954 Ralph P. Merritt Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority

1955

Symposium on Mass Rapid Transit for Los Angeles

University of Southern California, "SC Engineer"

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1956

A Study of Express Bus Operation on Freeways

Wolfgang S. Homburger

Institute of Transportation and Engineering, University of Southern California

1957

Transportation in the Los Angeles Area

Citizens Traffic and Transportation Committee for the Extended Los Angeles Area

Mayor Poulson and City Council, City of Los Angeles and County Board of Supervisors

1957

Express Buses on Elevated Roadways

Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association

Board of Directors, Los Angeles Metropolitan Traffic Association


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