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Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive

Metro’s Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive is one of the most comprehensive transit operator-owned library resources in the United States. As the only multimodal transportation library in Southern California, we serve employees, the public, governments and research institutions. Our origins date back to the days of our public transportation predecessors, the Los Angeles Consolidated Electric Railway (1895) and Pacific Electric Railway (1899). Our family tree of direct predecessors can be found on PeoplePlotr and L.A.’s transportation history timeline can be found on TikiToki .

The Library was renamed The Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors in October, 2001.  Our name commemorates the distinguished 13-year career that built our transportation library into one of the nation's finest.  We are recognized for providing the research, resources, history, and archives that give context to transportation issues and history in Los Angeles and Southern California, as well as leadership within the transportation research community. Our library catalog is accessible 24/7 at

We partner with a number of local, national, and international entities in cooperative ventures and information sharing. We also work with the National Transportation Library and the Transportation Research Board to improve the availability of transportation-related information needed by federal, state and local decision-makers.  We provide timely access to information supporting transportation policy, research, operations, and technology transfer. You can find more of our curated information online via our Primary Resources blog and our Los Angeles focused Transportation Headlines blog.

Our Flickr photostream contains thousands of unique historic images organized into collections and photosets to assist you with comprehensive research, searching by keyword tags or with a map depicting where photographs were taken.

Our YouTube channel brings together not only our own historic (and often humorous) video collection, but content provided by others to present a comprehensive look at Los Angeles transit and transportation via the moving image.

You can also find/follow us on Facebook , Google+ , Tumblr , HistoryPin , Twitter and the Online Archive of California .

For reference questions, please email us at

Records Management Center services include managing off-site storage and disposition of inactive records; capturing and indexing of significant Metro records; maintenance of the records retention schedule; retrieving documents for staff, litigation/legal, and the public (i.e. public records requests ); and training staff of effective management of their files.

Public Records Request

California Public Records Act in Govt. Code 6253(c) states, “Each agency, upon a request for a copy of records, shall, within 10 days from receipt of the request, determine whether request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable public records in the possession of the agency.”

This online Public Records Request System , powered by NextRequest, can be used to search previous request and submit new requests to Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Records Management Center. Your request must reasonably describe identifiable records prepared, owned or retained by LACMTA.

Other ways to request public records: Contact Us in person, via phone, email, fax for other ways to request public records.

You will be responsible for the direct cost of duplication for any documents requested over ten (10) copies as well as shipping charges.  For large records requests, documents will not be copied until 50% of the payment has been received. We will notify you of any special charges or other additional charges authorized by state law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to “Metro.”

Records Duplication Cost

Letter Size 8.5" X 11" .10  Per Copy
11” x 17” .10  Per Copy
Color Copies 8.5” X 11” .50  Per Copy
Color Copies 11” X 17” 1.00  Per Copy
Oversize Documents 22 x 34 .98  Per Copy
Cassettes Duplication 3.00 Per Cassette
Compact Disk 5.00 Per Disk

Metro's Records Management Policies

Our records management program, including the most recently adopted records retention schedule, and public document disclosure.

Metro's Records Management Policy
Effective date: 5/25/2012

Metro's Public Document Disclosure Policy
Effective date: 3/14/2019

Metro's Public Record Request Form

System Inventory - Open Data - CA Senate Bill 272, Section 6270.5 of the California Public Records Act

Approved on October 11, 2015, SB 272 adds a section to the California Public Records Act requiring local agencies to create a catalog of Enterprise Systems by July 1, 2016 with annual updates.

Contact Us in person, via phone, email, fax

Library and Archive:

One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mail Stop 99-15-1

Telephone: 213.922.4859


Employee Hours:
(Metro Employees, Consultants, Contractors, Full-time Students with ID) Monday through Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturdays, Sundays, and the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Records Management Center:

One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-PL-5
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Telephone: 213.922.2333

Hours of Operation:

Email: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturdays, Sundays, and the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.