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Streetcar Crossings Pose Danger

Feb. 18, 1910, Streetcars 

Feb. 19, 1910: A Board of Public Utilities meeting focuses on the dangers of speeding streetcars at crossings on the Pacific Electric right of way from 8th Street to Vernon Avenue on the Long Beach line.  “ ‘It is evident that this city is fast approaching a period when elevated or subway methods of transit will be necessary with the city,’ remarked one of the members of the board,” The Times said.  According to the original franchise, speed on the line was to be 8 mph, but there were arguments for going 12 mph to 20 mph in less congested areas before leaving the city limits. 

As I keep saying, traffic congestion in Los Angeles isn’t a new problem. It’s more than a century old.

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