MTA 1522 Underneath the 10 Freeway
Construction of the Santa Monica Freeway is progressing rapidly as seen in this December 3rd, 1960 image by Bruce Ward. Metropolitan Transit Authority 1522 glides by the Interstate -10 overpass construction site at 16th Street on its way to Long Beach. Service will be ending on this line in only a few short months as April 1961 is fast approaching.
From Ralph Cantos:
This part of the line was known to the fans as “Whistle Alley” because the streets that cross the right-of-way were only a few hundred feet apart. No sooner did the motorman blow his whistle for one street then he would have to blow it again and again for about 5 crossings in rapid succession….In the weeks just before abandonment, the freeway construction covered the tracks and the echo of the PE whistle under the freeway was music to a rail fans ears…
Bruce Ward Image, Steve Crise Collection