A Clear Blue Vision: L.A. Light Rail Transit and Twenty Five Years of the Blue Line

The Blue Line is one of the most used light rail in the nation. With its 25th anniversary on the horizon this July, a look back at its creation proves a useful means to think about L.A.'s transit past, present, and future.

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Ryan Reft has a PhD in urban history from the University of California San Diego. He is co-editor of the blog Tropics of Meta.
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Riding Waves, Forging Communities: Surfing, Gender, and Feminism in 20th Century California

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