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Guide to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Collection of Metro Red Line Construction Progress Photographs
03-DPGTL  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Collection of Metro Red Line Construction Progress Photographs
    Dates: April 1987 - July 1991
    Bulk Dates: 1988 - 1990
    Identification: 03-DPGTL
    Creator: Southern California Rapid Transit District
    Physical Description: 11.00
    Alternate Extent Statement: 6.34 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive
    1 Gateway Plaza
    15th Floor, Mail Stop: 99-15-1
    Los Angeles, CA, 90012-2952
    URL: http://arcat.metroprimaryresources.info
    Email: library@metro.net
    Phone: (213) 922-4859
    Fax: (213) 922-7955
    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

    Biography/Organization History

    Historical Note:

    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 California region.
    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.

    Administrative History:

    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, 1993.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Geographic Name:

    Westlake/MacArthur Park Station

    Topical Term:

    7th St./Metro Center Station
    Civic Center Station
    Construction
    Local Transit - Design and construction - California - Los Angeles County
    Metro Red Line
    Pershing Square Station
    Subway stations
    Subways--California--Los Angeles
    Subways-California

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information:

    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.

    Custodial History:

    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.

    Accruals:

    Further accruals expected.

    Processing Information:

    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:

    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 LACTC.