Listed here are the interurban and suburban lines. Not listed are local lines, along with certain short lived lines or services. Local services are described at other pages on this web site. Including certain horse car and steam dummy operations which predated some of the electric railways described on this page.
Many Pacific Electric Railway Co. lines eventually evolved to bus routes now operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Pacific Electric Railway Co. was acquired in 1958 by Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA), which in 1964 became Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), and in 1993 became Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA).
In 1943, Pacific Electric Railway Co. adopted a route numbering system, with low numbers assigned to interurban trains, and numbers beginning with 50 for buses. As buses replaced many of the trains, those routes then received the higher numbers. Many of these route numbers continued to be used by SCRTD, until adoption of a new route numbering system in 1983. Although certain routes were assigned new numbers in the 400's during the 1970's.
MTA Bus Route History
All bus routes, mainly evolving from Los Angeles Railway Co. and Pacific Electric Railway Co., organized according to the 1983 route renumbering scheme.
Line Route In Built 1943 SCRTD 1983 Service By Route Route Route Avenue 64-Annandale Line Los Angeles-Annandale 1902-1928 PE (old) Monrovia-Glendora Line Los Angeles-Glendora 1902-1951 PE (old) 4 68 79 Alhambra-San Gabriel Line (LA)-Sierra Vista-San Gabriel 1902-1941 LA&P 52 52 78 Pasadena Short Line (LA)-Oneonta Park-Pasadena 1902-1951 PE (old) 2 71 260 Pasadena Oak Knoll Line (LA)-El Molino-Pasadena 1903-1950 PE (old) 1 70 258 Mount Lowe Line Pasadena-Rubio Canyon 1891-1936 P&ML Sierra Madre Line (LA)-San Marino-Sierra Madre 1904-1950 PE (old) 5 67 487 San Bernardino Line Los Angeles-Upland 1907-1950 PE (old) 3 53 496 San Bernardino Line Upland-San Bernardino 1914-1941 PE 53 60 496 Ontario & San Antonio Hts. Ontario-San Antonio Heights 1887-1928 O&SA Pomona-Ontario Line Pomona-Claremont-Ontario 1910-1932 O&SA Arrowhead Line San Bernardino-Arrowhead Spr. 1902-1932 SBT Highland Line San Bernardino-Highland 1888-1936 SBMR Patton Line San Bernardino-Patton 1903-1924 SBVT San Bernardino-Redlands San Bernardino-Redlands 1903-1936 SBVT 60 San Bernardino-Riverside San Bernardino-Riverside 1911-1939 PE 60 60 496 Riverside-Corona Line Riverside-Arlington 1893-1943 R&A 59 59 Riverside-Corona Line Arlington-Corona 1915-1931 PE 59 59 Riverside-Rialto Line Riverside-Rialto 1908-1940 R&A
Line Route In Built 1943 SCRTD 1983 Service By Route Route Route Long Beach Line Los Angeles-Long Beach 1902-1961 PE (old) 6 66 60 San Pedro Line (LA)-Dominguez Jct.-San Pedro 1904-1958 PE (old) 7 33 202 Catalina Dock Line (LA)-Wilmington-Catalina Dock 1920-1958 PE 8 Terminal Island Line (LA)-Island Jct.-Term. Island 1942-1945 PE Long Beach-San Pedro Line Long Beach-San Pedro 1910-1949 PE (old) 9 66 232 Whittier Line (LA)-Slauson Jct.-Whittier 1904-1938 LAIU La Habra-Fullerton Line La Habra-Fullerton-Stern 1906-1938 LAIU Santa Ana Line (LA)-Watts-Santa Ana 1905-1958 LAIU 11 Santa Ana-Orange Line Santa Ana-Orange 1886-1930 SAO&T Santa Ana-Huntington Beach Santa Ana-Huntington Beach 1907-1922 PE (old) La Bolsa Line Huntington Beach-La Bolsa 1911-1928 PE Newport Line (LA)-North Long Beach-Balboa 1904-1950 LAIU 55 55 Redondo via Gardena Line (LA)-Watts-Redondo Beach 1907-1940 LA&R San Pedro via Torrance Line (LA)-South LA-San Pedro 1912-1940 PE El Segundo Line (LA)-South LA-El Segundo 1914-1930 PE
Line Route In Built 1943 SCRTD 1983 Service By Route Route Route Venice Boulevard Line Los Angeles-Vineyard 1896-1950 P&P 75 75 33 Venice Short Line Vineyard-Venice 1902-1950 LAPRR 26 75 33 Santa Monica via Sawtelle (LA)-Vineyard-Santa Monica 1896-1940 P&P 75 4 4 Westgate-Brentwood Line (LA)-Sawtelle-Santa Monica 1906-1940 LAP 83 22 Redondo via Del Rey Line (LA)-Culver Jct.-Cliffton 1902-1940 LAPRR 79 51 232 Lagoon Line Del Rey-Santa Monica 1896-1936 P&P Coldwater Canyon Line Beverly Hills-Coldwater Canyon 1907-1923 LAP Santa Monica Canyon Line Santa Monica-Port Los Angeles 1908-1933 LAP Cahuenga Valley Line Los Angeles-Cahuenga Valley 1905-1915 PE (old) Santa Monica Air Line (LA)-Amoco Jct.-Santa Monica 1908-1953 LAP 12 Soldiers Home Line (LA)-Home Jct.-Soldiers Home 1908-1920 LAP Inglewood Line Inglewood-Santa Monica 1902-1928 LAPRR Hollywood via Hill St. Line Los Angeles-Hollywood 1900-1954 LAPRR 26 91 1 Hollywood via Subway Line Los Angeles-Hollywood 1926-1954 PE 27 Buena Vista Line Los Angeles-Hollywood 1909-1913 LAP Laurel Canyon Line (LA)-Hollywood-Laurel Canyon 1900-1924 P&P Hollywood/Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles-Sherman 1895-1953 P&P 28 94 4 Western & Franklin Avenue Los Angeles-Hollywood 1908-1940 LAP 78 89 26 Brush Canyon Line Hollywood-Brush Canyon 1908-1918 LAP Echo Park Avenue Line Los Angeles-Echo Park 1902-1950 LAPRR 75 33 San Fernando Valley Line (LA)-Hollywood-San Fernando 1911-1952 PE 84 93 233 Canoga Park Line (LA)-N. Sherman-Canoga Park 1912-1938 PE 83 86 163 Glendale Line Los Angeles-Glendale 1904-1955 LAIU 29 39 92 Burbank Line (LA)-Glendale-Burbank 1911-1955 PE 29 39 92
PE - Pacific Electric Railway Co. - 1911 merger of the following companies:
PE (old) - Pacific Electric Railway (older co.) - 1901 merger including the following companies:
LA&P - Los Angeles & Pasadena Electric Railway Co.
P&ML - Pasadena & Mt. Lowe Railway Co.
R&A - Riverside & Arlington Railway Co.
SBVT - San Bernardino Valley Traction Co. - 1903 merger including the following company:
SBT - San Bernardino Traction Co. - also included the following predecessor company:
SBMR - Southern California Motor Road Co.
LAIU - Los Angeles Interurban Railway Co. - 1903 merger including the following company:
SAO&T - Santa Ana & Orange Motor Co., until 1897 Santa Ana Orange & Tustin Street Railway Co.
LA&R - Los Angeles & Redondo Railway
LAP - Los Angeles Pacific Co. - 1905 reorganization of:
LAPRR - Los Angeles Pacific Railroad Co. - 1898 merger including the following company:
P&P - Pasadena & Pacific Electric Railway Co.
In 1912, Pacific Electric Railway Co. acquired the following company:
O&SA - Ontario & San Antonio Heights Railroad Co.
Not listed are streetcar companies subsequently acquired by Los Angeles Railway Co., providing local city service.
Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California
For more comprehensive historic details, this excellent web site contains further information.