Transit Token Value Guide

Prices and Indentification Aids for Subway, Bus, Train, Ferry, Trolley, Cablecar, Streetcar, Toll Tokens and more.





California



Fresno Transit

Fresno Transit operated between 1969 and 1989 when the name was changed to Fresno Area Express or FAX.


FRESNO TRANSIT TOKEN

ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Fresno
  • Company: Fresno Transit
  • Obverse: FRESNO TRANSIT
  • Reverse: ONE FAIR
  • Metal: Brasss
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 23mm
  • Description: ca. 1986. Obverse shows front view of a bus.
  • Value: $2.00




The Los Angeles Railway

The Los Angeles Railway operated a system of streetcars in Central Los Angeles and the surrounding area between 1895 and 1945. The system was formed from the assets of the Los Angeles Consolidated Electric Railway Company which faced financial difficulties and was reorganized by its bondholders in 1895. In late 1944 the railway was bought by National City Lines and renamed Los Angeles Transit Lines.


LOS ANGELES RAILWAY TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Los Angeles
  • Company: Los Angeles Railway
  • Obverse: LOS ANGELES RAILWAY
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Hanging Bell
  • Value: $4.00


LOS ANGELES TRANSIT LINES TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Los Angeles
  • Company: Los Angeles Transit Lines
  • Obverse: LOS ANGELES TRANSIT LINES
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Shield
  • Value: $2.50


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority was formed in 1993 from the merger of the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. The Authority transitioned to fare cards and discontiued tokens in November 2019.


LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE / METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY TOKEN
  • Municipality: Los Angeles
  • Company: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Obverse: LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE / METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Two Slots
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both show the MTA logo (incuse).
  • Value: $1.25


LOS ANGELES TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE BASE FARE
  • Municipality: Los Angeles
  • Company: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Obverse: LOS ANGELES
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE BASE FAAR
  • Metal: Bi-Metalic
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 23mm
  • Description: Obverse shows buildings and palm trees with LA on the inner white metal circle. Reverse shows a bus and subway car.
  • Value: $4.00


Key System

The Key System was a large private transit system serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties between 1903 and 1960. At its peak in the 1940s, the system operated 66 miles of track. The system was originally incorporated as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose Railway in 1902. The system went through a sequence of name changes and was ultimately reincorporated as the Key System Transit Company in 1923.


KEY SYSTEM OAKLAND 1945 TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE LOCAL FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Oakland
  • Company: Key System
  • Obverse: KEY SYSTEM OAKLAND 1945
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE LOCAL FARE
  • Metal: Brass
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both have a K.
  • Value: $1.50


KEY SYSTEM OAKLAND 1950 TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE LOCAL FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Oakland
  • Company: Key System
  • Obverse: KEY SYSTEM OAKLAND 1950
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE LOCAL FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both have a K.
  • Value: $3.00


PASADENA CITY LINES, INC. TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Pasadena
  • Company: Pasadena City Lines
  • Obverse: PASADENA CITY LINES, INC.
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 23mm
  • Cutout: Two Semi-Circles
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both show a rose
  • Value: $2.00


Sacramento City Lines

Sacramento City Lines operated between 1943 and 1955. In 1943 National City Lines bought the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) streetcar and bus system and renamed it Sacramento City Lines. The company began to phase out streetcars and the last streetcar left service in 1947. In 1954 the City of Sacramento assumed operation of the lines and renamed the system Sacramento Transit Authority.


SACRAMENTO CITY LINES TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Sacramento
  • Company: Sacramento City Lines
  • Obverse: SACRAMENTO CITY LINES
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Heart
  • Value: $2.00


San Diego Electric Railroad

The San Diego Electric Railroad (SDER) operated between 1890 and 1949. Founder John Spreckels, a wealthy entrepreneur often described as a sugar heir, systematically bought competing rail lines in the city and surrounding area, consolidating them into a unified network. At its peak, SDER managed about 165 miles of track. Starting in the 1920s, SDER began acquiring buses and gradually transitioned to become an all bus service by 1946. In 1948, SDER was bought by Western Transit Company and renamed the San Diego Transit System (SDTS).


SAN DIEGO ELEC. RY. CO. TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FULL FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: San Diego
  • Company: San Diego Electric Railway Company
  • Obverse: SAN DIEGO ELEC. RY. CO.
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FULL FARE
  • Metal: Brass
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Hanging S
  • Value: $1.50


SAN DIEGO ELEC. RY. CO. TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FULL FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: San Diego
  • Company: San Diego Electric Railway Company
  • Obverse: SAN DIEGO ELEC. RY. CO.
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FULL FARE
  • Metal: Zinc
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Hanging S
  • Value: $2.00


SANTA BARBARA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT DISTRICT TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Santa Barbara
  • Company: Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
  • Obverse: SANTA BARBARA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT DISTRICT
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: Brass
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 23mm
  • Description: Obverse shows the front of a bus with an MTD logo. Reverse shows the Santa Barbara Mission.
  • Value: $2.25


Union Traction Company

Union Traction Company operated from 1904 to 1926. The company was a consolidation of rivals Santa Cruz Electric Railway and the Santa Cruz, Capitola & Watsonville Railway. In the 1920s the firm began converting to bus service and in 1926 sold the bus line to the Auto Transit Company.


UNION TRACTION COMPANY TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Santa Cruz
  • Company: Union Traction Company
  • Obverse: UNION TRACTION COMPANY
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Four Arcs
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both show the stylized UT logo.
  • Value: $2.50


Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines

Operated as an agency by the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines was established in 1928. Long nicknamed Big Blue Bus due to the distinctive color scheme of its buses, the agency officially changed its name to Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus in 1999.


SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL BUS LINES TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE ZONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Santa Monica
  • Company: Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines
  • Obverse: SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL BUS LINES
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE ZONE FARE
  • Metal: Brass
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Description: Obverse and reverse both show the stylized SM logo.
  • Value: $1.75


Stockton City Lines

Stockton City Lines operated from 1939 to 1965 as an agency of National City Lines. The line replaced Stockton Electric Raliway in 1939. In 1965 operations were assumed by the Stockton Metropolitan Transit District.


STOCKTON CITY LINES, INC. TOKEN

GOOD FOR ONE FARE TOKEN
  • Municipality: Stockton
  • Company: Stockton City Lines
  • Obverse: STOCKTON CITY LINES, INC.
  • Reverse: GOOD FOR ONE FARE
  • Metal: White Metal
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: 16mm
  • Cutout: Two crescents forming a hanging oval with an S
  • Description: Token issued circa 1946.
  • Value: $2.00




These values for transportation related tokens are based on general market conditions, a survey of available tokens on the market, and prices realized in actual recent retail transactions. These prices are for tokens in a condition that is acceptable to most collectors - lightly used with all features still sharp and free of damage. Unused, particularly pristine items are worth more. Items with excessive wear, damage, or repairs will be worth considerably less than the values listed here. It is also noteworthy that these prices are for tokens listed and sold individually. It is common to pay less per token than the prices listed here when tokens are sold as part of a bulk lot or collection.

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