50 Fascinating Photos Show the Bus System of San Diego in the 1970s

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is the transit bus and rail service provider for southern San Diego County, which includes approximately 570 square miles of the urbanized areas of the county, as well as the rural parts of East County.

MTS is one of the oldest transit systems in Southern California, with predecessors dating back as early as the 1880s. Service is operated on three light rail lines and ninety bus routes by MTS subsidiaries San Diego Transit Corp., San Diego Trolley, Inc., and under contract by private operators.

MTS also owns the assets of San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company, which owns 108 miles of track and right-of-way, and San Diego Vintage Trolley, Inc., a non profit corporation established to restore historic trolley vehicles. MTS’ Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service is MTS Access.

These fascinating photos from San Diego Metropolitan Transit System that show what the bus system of San Diego looked like in the 1970s.

San Diego Transit 1974 Flxible bus on westbound Broadway at 7th Avenue in the 1970s

Promotional ‘Bus King’ advertisement from 1972

Route 7 bus on Broadway in Downtown San Diego

Route 7 bus on Broadway in Downtown San Diego

“Join your car pool”, a San Diego Transit billboard, 1972

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