LA-subway-1925

An interesting map found over at Explore that shows a proposed Subway system for Los Angeles dating back to 1925.

Why did it not get built? Here’s why:

The plan recommended for immediate construction of 153 miles of subway, elevated rail, and street railways at a projected cost of $133,385,000. Strong opposition by the business community to planned sections of elevated rail, as well as voter reluctance to tax themselves to benefit the privately held Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway effectively shelved the plan.

LA Metro has a ton of other maps of proposed concept rail lines both underground and above ground to look at right here. Maybe it’s time to revisit these plans or build upon their original ideas?

Anyway, this is a fascinating look at the history of public transport discussion in LA.