Bruce Ward Collection

50 Years Ago: Last Evening of Operation, March 31, 1963

Posted on: March 29, 2013 by Pacific Electric 5 Comments

 

Bruce Ward Photo, Bruce Ward Collection

Bruce Ward Photo, Bruce Ward Collection

A moody, somber image by Bruce Ward captures the pathos of the last evening of operation of streetcars in the city of Los Angeles, March 31, 1963, as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (the predecessor to today's MTA) prepares to shut down the entire remaining rail system. Here, MTA PCC no. 3155 rests at 7th and Broadway on the P Line as the motorman and a passenger stare out the windshield toward Bruce's direction.

Bruce Ward Photo, Bruce Ward Collection