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Guide to the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Custodial History
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission records
    Dates: 1976-1993
    Collection number: 06-DPGTL
    Creator: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
    Collection Size: 6 boxes (3 linear feet)
    Repository: Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archives.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
    Abstract: This collection documents the business activities of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) from 1977 to 1993. Especially well documented are the agency's public relations efforts via the many publications (both internal and external) it issued. Also of interest is the documentation on the LACTC and SCRTD merger found in the Projects series. Most of the material is in paper format, although meeting minutes are also available digitally. Some documentary photos are also included.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Please contact the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archives for information on collection access and restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library 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 Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library collections.

    Preferred Citation

    Los Angeles County Transportation Commission records, 06-DPGTL. Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library.

    Acquisition Information

    The material was produced by the LACTC and passed into the library and archive when the LACTC and SCRTD merged to become the LACMTA in 1993.

    Custodial History

    The LACTC records were originally produced by the LACTC offices themselves. After the LACTC merged with the SCRTD in 1993 to form the LACMTA, the records passed into the custody of this new agency.

    Biography / Administrative History

    As traffic and congestion continued to worsen in 1970's Southern California, civic leaders realized that a new approach to regional transportation planning was required. The last two public transit agencies, the LAMTA and its successor, the SCRTD, were not legally equipped to deal with the fractious political landscape that characterized the Southern California region, nor were they authorized to develop the economic or political clout needed to address region-wide transportation issues.
    In an attempt to remedy the agencies' shortcomings, in 1976 the state legislature enacted AB1246, the County Transportation Commissions Act, by Assemblyman Walter Ingalls. AB1246 established transportation commissions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and charged these commissions with providing efficient oversight of public transit, coordinating between transit providers, and developing a highway policy.
    In order to make the agency an effective and potent player in the transportation arena, AB1246 gave the LACTC approval power over the plans and funding of all the transportation agencies in its region. In addition, the most important and powerful movers-and-shakers in Southern California were given important representation on the LACTC board, further amplifying its power. The LACTC board consisted of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, the five Los Angeles County Supervisors, the Mayor of Long Beach, two city council members from other cities in Los Angeles County and one additional appointee of the Mayor of Los Angeles.
    The LACTC achieved many successes. It put much effort into public accountability and developing community support through communications and community relations. As a result the LACTC gained voter approval for two countywide half-cent sales tax increases, Proposition A in 1980 and Proposition C in 1990, to support regional transportation improvements, including a countywide rail transit program. Other achievements were the construction and completion of the Metro Blue Line, Metro Green Line through a specially created subsidiary, the Rail Construction Corporation (RCC). The LACTC also took over the construction of the Metro Red Line from the SCRTD.
    LACTC's assumption of the Metro Red Line was indicative of its stormy relationship with the SCRTD. "Issues between the two agencies came to a head in 1988 with an 'Eight-Point Plan' adopted by both boards. Among the elements of the plan were provisions for LACTC to release $140 million in funding for SCRTD operations if SCRTD agreed to move responsibility for the Metro Rail subway construction project to LACTC's newly formed Rail Construction Corporation, and also drop opposition to the formation of the Foothill Transit zone, which was carved out of SCRTD's service area in the San Gabriel Valley".
    The battle over the "Eight-Point Plan" made it pointedly clear that an unhealthy rivalry had developed between the two agencies, a rivalry which would have to be overcome in order for rational and efficient mass transit planning and operations to move forward in Southern California. A plan eventually crystallized that entailed merging the LACTC and the SCRTD. "...Citing overlapping administrative functions and achievable cost savings that could be redirected toward additional transportation improvements for the region, the legislature passed AB152 (Katz) merging the Los Angeles County's largest transportation operator with the primary planning, funding and construction agency". This new agency was the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (LACMTA), which went into official operation on April 1, 1993.

    Note

    List of Sources
    • Barrett, Matthew, Introduction to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2001 (available on LACMTA intranet).
    • Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library, Los Angeles Transit History, available at http://www.mta.net/about_us/library/transit_history.htm , (accessed July 17, 2006).

    Note

    List of Abbreviations
    • LACMTA - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • LACTC - Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
    • LAMTA - Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
    • PUC - (California) Public Utilities Commission
    • RCC - Rail Construction Corporation
    • SCRTD - Southern California Rapid Transit District

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The material in this collection consists mainly of the LACTC's publications (newletters, press releases, bulletins). There are also numerous studies and reports on transit projects in the Los Angeles area. An almost complete set of board meeting minutes is an invaluable resource for researchers, as well. Please see series level descriptions for further details.

    Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged into seven series, based on department and function. Note that Series #2: Photos, and Series #6: Communications, Community Relations were created by the same department. Also, a set of the legislative history of the County Transportation Commission Act provided to (but not ceated by) LACTC legal counsel was arranged as its own series. Please see individual series level descriptions for further details.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Neely, Sharon
    Perdon, Albert
    Peterson, Neil
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
    Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
    Rail Construction Corporation
    Local Transit - California - Los Angeles County - Archival Resources
    Transportation - California - Los Angeles County - Archival Resources
    Local Transit - Design and construction - California - Los Angeles county
    Local Transit - Government marketing - California - Los Angeles County
    Local Transit - Community relations - California - Los Angeles County
    Local Transit - Legislative history - California - Los Angeles County

    • California State Archives, Public Utilities Commission Records
    • Jackie Bacharach Office Files, 02-DPGTL. Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library.
    • Southern California Rapid Transit District Collection. Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library.