California Transit Association

Explore Transit History

From the founding of California's first public transit agencies to the signing of the Transportation Development Act into law; from implementation of the Urban Mass Transportation Act to crafting of such funding opportunities as 2017’s Senate Bill 1 – the period since the Association’s founding in 1965 has seen a number of significant achievements in support of public transit. Explore an interactive timeline of key milestones not only in the Association's past, but over the last five-plus decades of transit history.

View highlights and histories of Association member organizations.

Learn about past and current champions of transit in our Gallery of Leaders.

Read a compendium of California's public transit history in book form.