Title: From Railway to Freeway Pacific Electric and...
Publisher: Interuban Press, Glendale, CA
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: NF
Dust Jacket Condition: VG
Edition: First Edition
Fine in a VG DJ, minor edge wear only to DJ. Closed tear to lower front panel of DJ. No names or markings. ; Front enepapers photo illustrated, rear endpapers include map of the bus system, but based in the history of the interurban rail system which preceded the development of rubber-tired transport. ; Interurbans Special; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 196 p. Bookseller Inventory # 36039
Synopsis: The controversial conversion of the Pacific Electric's Red Car system in Southern California consisting of electrically powered streetcars, light rail, and buses was the largest electric railway system in the world in the 1920s. Organized around the city centers of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, it connected cities in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. Traffic congestion was of such great concern by the late 1930s that the influential Automobile Club of Southern California engineered an elaborate plan to create an elevated freeway-type "Motorway System," a key aspect of which was the dismantling of the streetcar lines, replacing them with buses that could run on both local streets and on the new express roads. Aware that most new arrivals planned to stay in the region after the war, local municipal governments, Los Angeles County and the State agreed that a massive infrastructure improvement program was necessary. At that time politicians agreed to construct a web of freeways across the region. This was seen as a better solution than a new mass transit system.This book tells the real story about the rise of the pioneer auto stage lines, the decline of the rail lines and ther rise of the motor bus and the freeway network. A year-by-year account starting with the first "auto stage lines" of the World War I era. 200pages with 275 photographs, maps, and bus rosters. Map of entire system on rear endpapers.
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