Overview of the Collection
Arrangement of Materials:
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Collection of Metro Red Line Construction Progress Photographs
Dates: April 1987 - July 1991
Bulk Dates: 1988 - 1990
Southern California Rapid Transit District
Physical Description: 11.00
Alternate Extent Statement: 6.34 linear feet
Language of Materials:
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive
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Abstract: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority collection of Metro Red Line construction progress photographs
consists of photos, 35mm negatives, contact sheets, proof approval sheets, correspondence, cassette tapes, and video cassette
tapes transferred from the construction company to the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Rail Construction
Corporation by the construction company PDCD. The material in this collection was created between the years 1987 and 1992
when the first segment of the Red Line was being built
The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), was created by an act of the California State Legislature in 1964,
and took over all of the bus service operated by Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA).
SCRTD was created on August 22, 1964 to serve the urbanized Southern California region, including Los Angeles County, San
Bernardino County, Orange County, and Riverside County, replacing LAMTA and ten different private bus companies in the Southern
SCRTD was placed in charge of creating a heavy rail public transportation system for Southern California, and for planning
for bus improvements.
In 1973, SCRTD shed parts of its operations outside of Los Angeles County. They were taken over by other agencies including
what was then the new Orange County Transit District (now Orange County Transit Authority).
In 1974, the El Monte Busway was opened, a bus-only lane (later converted to a high-occupancy vehicle lane).
In 1980 voters passed Proposition A, a half-cent sales tax for a regional transit system; the measure succeeded after similar
proposals in 1968 and 1974 had failed. The map that accompanied Proposition A showed ten transit corridors with the Wilshire
subway line the "cornerstone" of the system. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn was one of the key supporters of
Proposition A, declaring, "I'm going to put the trains back." Hahn ensured that his South Los Angeles district received the
first dollars for a light-rail line on the old Long Beach Red Car route from Los Angeles to Long Beach (Metro Blue Line),
after seeing the success of the San Diego Trolley. On September 11, 1985, Congressman Waxman added an amendment to that year's
Federal Transportation Budget removing all subway construction funds, citing safety concerns after an unrelated methane explosion
in the Fairfax District.
By 1986, thanks in part to last minute lobbying by SCRTD president Nick Patsaouras, compromise was reached between Waxman
and Representative Julian Dixon. The deal allowed funding as long as service did not pass through the Wilshire corridor.
With a Wilshire corridor alignment prohibited, the Red Line was re-prioritized and routed north up Vermont Avenue (the next
highest projected ridership corridor) to Hollywood Boulevard. Because of the change in alignment, there is now a 1-mile stub
on Wilshire Boulevard between Vermont and Western Avenues.
SCRTD continued to operate inter-county service to Riverside and San Bernardino until the merger of the SCRTD and the LACTC
and the formation of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on April 1, 1993. Initially, the LACMTA
retained the locations of the predecessor agencies in Downtown Los Angeles, but later moved to the 25-story Gateway Plaza
Building adjacent to historic Union Station in 1995.
The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) was created through the California state legislature on August 22,
1964 in order to improve public transportation in Southern California and to create rapid transit for Los Angeles. The SCRTD
began planning for rail rapid transit in Los Angeles, starting with the Metro Rail subway, a heavy rail line connecting downtown
Los Angeles to Mid-Wilshire and North Hollywood. In 1976, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) was created
to take responsibility for planning and construction of light rail in Los Angeles, beginning with the Blue Line. SCRTD and
LACTC were merged in 1993 by the state legislature, resulting in the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
(LACMTA). The Rail Construction Corporation (RCC) was created to consolidate all rail projects, heavy and light, for the five
years preceding the merger of the SCRTD and the LACTC. Although construction of the Red Line began with the SCRTD, the LACMTA
completed construction of the subway line. The first segment of the Red Line, consisting of Union Station, Civic Center Station,
Pershing Square Station, 7th St/Metro Center Station, and Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, opened for service on January 30,
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
7th St./Metro Center Station
Civic Center Station
Local Transit - Design and construction - California - Los Angeles County
Metro Red Line
Pershing Square Station
Material held by the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Rail Construction Corporation was passed on to the
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) after LACMTA was created by the California State Legislature
through a merger of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
The photographs in this collection were created by PDCD and were transferred to the SCRTD and the RCC. After California State
Legislation passed to create the LACMTA, all construction records were passed to the LACMTA. These records were stored in
accordance to the LACMTA's record retention schedule. Once the retention period passed, the records in this collection were
brought to the Library and Archive to either be retained permanently or scheduled for destruction.
Further accruals expected.
Processed by Denise Villegas
Conditions Governing Use:
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library
and Archive. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority Library and Archive as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement
that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Library and Archive collections.
Conditions Governing Access:
Please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archive for information on collection
access and restrictions.
Related materials providing documentation of planning and construction of the Metro Red Line may be found in this repository.
Arrangement of Materials:
The material in this collection is arranged in thirteen series. 1. Travel Photographs Depicting Rail Rapid Transit in Other
Cities, February 1983 - December 1989 2. Rail Presentations, May 1983 - circa 1990 3. Construction Photographs, Contract A-139,
August - October 1992 4.Construction Photographs Contract A-147, December 1990 - July 1992 5. Construction Photographs Contract
A-145, April 1987 - July 1991 6. Meetings and Claims Audio, May 1987 - December 1990 7. Construction moving Images, July -
October 1990 8. Construction Photographs Contract A-146, July 1987 - May 1988 9. Bids, Metro Rail Project, June 1988 10. Construction
Photographs, Contract A-157, December 1990 - July 1991 11. Construction Progress Photos, Contract A-165, September 1989 -
May 1990 12. Construction Progress Photos Contract A-171, May 1987 - December 1988 13. Construction Progress Photos Contract
A-175, August 1987 - December 1988
Scope and Contents
This collection documents construction progress of the first operable segment of the Red Line, a heavy rail line in Los Angeles
California connecting downtown Los Angeles to North Hollywood. The collection consists of photographs, audio cassettes labeled
as R/E Meetings, monthly meetings, weekly meetings, and claims meetings, and video cassette tapes depicting construction
of the station. The material in this collection was created between the years of 1987 and 1992. Employees of PDCD, the construction
company contracted by the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), took the photographs and photos were transferred
from PDCD to the SCRTD once a month. Later, as the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) took over responsibility
for construction of the Red Line, the monthly photos were sent to the Rail Construction Company, which operated under the