|The first "city" bus lines in Burbank were operated by Carl Eckles (who had similar operations in Whittier and Santa Ana) under the name of Burbank Bus Lines. The map at the right shows the route configuration shortly after Eckles began operation: #1 Burbank Blvd.-Victory Blvd., #2 Magnolia Blvd., #3 Olive Ave.-Verdugo Ave.-Alameda Ave., and #4 Empire Ave.-Lockheed Vega. Note the unique method of combining the system map with customer timetable information; instead of issuing timetables, the map included timepoints (only possible with "clock headway" scheduling, but much simplified from a customer perspective). In 1944, Eckles sold that operation to Pacific City Lines (becoming Burbank City Lines), which was acquired by National City Lines two years later.
In 1946, BCL extended service north of downtown via Glenoaks Blvd., restructuring into a three-line system -- #1 Victory Blvd., #2 Glenoaks Blvd.-Verdugo Ave., and #3 Burbank Blvd.-Alameda Ave. -- in the process. At the end of that year, NCL sold the system to former NCL employees A.W. Howe and T.W. Burke.
Asbury began a new route operating north to San Fernando from Lockheed Air Terminal, mainly via Glenoaks Blvd., in 1947. It had originally been applied for the previous year as service to downtown Burbank, but the extension of BCL service on Glenoaks one month after the application forced the routing change.
|Both PE and Asbury were absorbed by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) March 3, 1958. Most of the subsequent changes in service by LAMTA did not involve route changes; the map at the left shows LAMTA service either passing through or terminating in Burbank in 1961. In addition, two lines operated into the city from Glendale by Pacific City Lines -- which had operated into Burbank since June, 1930 as PE feeder lines -- were replaced by LAMTA in December, 1962 after a strike against what was by then National City Lines.
LAMTA was replaced by the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD) on November 5, 1964; like LAMTA, RTD made several changes to service, most of which did not involve route changes (see the RTD History pages for details of much of this) between then and their replacement by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on April 1, 1993. Metro remains the dominant service provider in the city of Burbank.
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