Throwback Thursday: How transit transformed San Francisco's western edge

L-Taraval Line
L-Taraval Line, circa 1940. Courtesy SFMTA.

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of what today is known as the L-Taraval Line, which serves people in San Francisco's Parkside and Sunset districts.

The rail line began April 12, 1919, when there was more sand than housing in the city's far western reaches. Slowly but surely, the area began to develop, with a big boom after World War II.

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is celebrating the anniversary and posted some interesting history of the line.

The San Francisco Examiner also did a nice piece on the L as well, looking at how it helped develop the area.


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