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The Metropolitan Coach Lines (MCL) records reflect the acquisition of Pacific Electric Railway and Ashbury Rapid Transit System (ARTS) by Metropolitan Coach Lines, and MCL’s role in replacing rail transit with bus transit in 1950s Los Angeles. The collection contains records created by both MCL and ARTS. The contracts, correspondence, publications, photographs and other material contained in this collection reflect post-war Los Angeles' move away from a city and suburbs connected through rail lines, to a metropolis dominated by motor vehicles. The collection contains documentation of the sale of Pacific Electric Railway Company property to the MCL and contractual commitment to phasing out rail lines.
Metropolitan Coach Lines operated bus service in Los Angeles from 1955 to 1958 under the leadership of former Pacific Electric executive Jesse Haugh, with the goal of improving bus service and abandoning operation of rail transit. Pacific Electric sold its passenger rail cars and buses to Haugh on October 1, 1953, and MCL service began June 19, 1955. On August 3, 1954, MCL acquired Asbury Rapid Transit System, further expanding service.
3.44 linear feet, 9 boxes
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