9, 2012- WATERFRONT RED
CAR LINE OUT OF SERVICE FROM MAY 14 TO JUNE 28 AS WORK PROCEEDS ON DOWNTOWN
HARBOR PROJECT. Downtown San
Pedro Trolley to Make Additional Stops While Red Car is Non-Operational
PEDRO, Calif. — May 9, 2012 — The
Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line will temporarily stop service
from May 14 through June 28th -- with the exception
of Memorial Day Weekend – due to construction of the new Downtown Harbor
Project near downtown San Pedro and Ports O’ Call Village.
rides on the Red Car Line will be available on Mother’s Day weekend from
May 11-13th and the Red Car will also reopen with free rides on
Memorial Day weekend from May 25-28th.
the Red Cars are non-operational, the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business
Improvement District’s (PBID) Red Trolley will make stops along the Red
Car route. The PBID Red Car Trolley runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
from noon to 8 p.m. and the first Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 10
Red Car hours of operation are from noon to 9:30 p.m., Friday through
Sunday, which resumes on Friday, June, 29, for the Port’s Annual “Cars
& Stripes Forever!” event, a patriotic car show celebration to kick
off Independence Day. For more information, call (310) 732-3508, or visit www.portoflosangeles.org.
Harbor project will create a new harbor inlet for vessels to dock
and approximately 700 linear feet of promenade. Surrounding the inlet will
be a modern town square, featuring landscaping, lighting and expansive
promenades, expected to be completed in 2014. Source: Port of Los Angeles
New Red Car Book Includes Chapter on San Pedro Replicas- The new book
"Pacific Electric's 500-Class Cars, Interurban Pioneers" features
a chapter on the design and construction of the Port's two replica trolleys.
book tells the complete story of these pioneering “Red
Cars”, covering all three sub-classes from their beginnings at the turn
of the century, through preservation and restoration in the 2000s. An exhaustive selection of
photographs, drawings and historical documents have been assembled to tell
this fascinating story, providing coverage geared towards a wide variety
of readers. Click here for further information on
the new book.
San Pedro, the Red Cars continue to roll up the miles along the waterfront,
and the area around the line continues to evolve. Since the line's opening
in 2003, the Port of Los Angeles has completed several other major
waterfront improvements including the Harbor Boulevard section of the
Waterfront Promenade, the spectacular Fanfare Fountain, 22nd Street Park and
new landscaped parking areas at 22nd and Signal Streets. With the closing of
the old Westway Terminal facility last year, the freight trains serving this
section of the Harbor have also stopped running over the Red Car Line
next waterfront development project to come on line is the expansion of the
Cabrillo Marina, adding new boat slips, landscaping and other public
amenities to another former industrial area. As seen in the photos below,
this project has dramatically transformed the appearance of the 22nd / Miner
intersection adjacent to the current Red Car terminus.
nearby Wilmington, the new Harry
Bridges Boulevard Buffer project is rapidly taking shape. This
much-anticipated 30-acre open space project is located between C Street and
Harry Bridges Boulevard and Lagoon Avenue and Figueroa Street. Also
in the works is a major makeover of the Downtown
Harbor area in San Pedro. The area in front of the LA Maritime Museum
has already received an initial makeover, but there's much more to come
including an new Town Square, water cuts to create new harbor areas, and a
display building for the historic Ralph J. Scott fireboat.
other waterfront news, the Port is taking a serious look at a proposal from
Battleship Center to bring the retired battleship U.S.S. Iowa to San
Pedro as a floating museum. The ship would be anchored in the Main Channel
adjacent to Downtown. San Pedro was home to the US Pacific Fleet until 1940
when it moved to Pearl Harbor. There will no doubt be more news on this
Click on the
image for more info on the new book on the PE 500-Class cars
north from 22nd and Miner Streets we see the major new landscaping
elements and some of the other intersection improvements now nearing
completion. The Red Car terminus can be seen at right.
on Harbor Boulevard towards 22nd Street and the newly expanded
15, 2010; Red Car Feasibility Study Posted on
Port Website- The Port has posted the entire Red Car Expansion Feasibility
Study on its website. Click
here for the Executive Summary. Quoting from the website: "Based upon the success
of the existing Waterfront Red Car line, along with new opportunities
associated with the redevelopment of the San Pedro and Wilmington
waterfronts, the Port of Los Angeles initiated the Waterfront Red Car Line
Expansion Feasibility Study to examine in detail the various options for
expanding the Red Car line and provide recommendations based upon benefits,
feasibility, and overall costs." Click
here to download the study (32 Mb pdf file), click
here to download the Appendices (146 Mb pdf file).
Concurrent with the release of the study,
Port staff has been making presentations to local community groups about the
1, 2010- The Red Car continues to
operate on its three days per week schedule. Meanwhile important progress
has been made on many other adjacent waterfront improvements including the
completion of the new 22nd Street Park.
In late September 2009, the Harbor Commission
approved the San Pedro Waterfront Project, the next major milestone towards
creating the long-sought revitalized waterfront. The project EIR included
expansion of the Red Car system to Cabrillo Beach, the Outer Harbor, and
City Dock No. 1, as well as a new Red Car maintenance facility. The Port is
now working to prioritize which of the improvements contemplated in this
massive project should move forward first. More details are available
in the Port's
20, 2009- The Red Car operating
hours have been adjusted to Noon to 9 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Until
further notice, one car will now operate throughout the day.
Ridership for the year 2008 was 129, 667,
the best year by far since the line opened in 2003. 2005 ridership was
94.543, 2006 was 102,169, and 2007 was 93,718.
The PE 1058
page has been updated with a variety of historic photos from its days on
1, 2008- The Red Car operating
hours have been adjusted to Noon to 9 pm, Fridays through Mondays. Two cars
operate throughout the day, and the later hours provide convenient access to
the new Fanfare Fountain. The Red Car continues to be a popular way to
travel along the waterfront; just over 11,000 passengers rode during the
annual Lobster Fest event September 19-21.
The following week, the San Pedro rail
yard played host to the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners,
or AAPRCO for short.
Some two dozen luxurious passenger cars spent several days parked in the
yard while convention activities took place at the nearby hotel.
In other waterfront news, the Port of Los
Angeles has released the Draft EIS/EIR for the San
Pedro Waterfront Project. The project includes several expansion options
for the Red Car, and a public meeting on the project will take place on
October 27th in San Pedro. See the Port's website for more details.
Record Ridership- The debut of the
new Fanfare Fountain and the Tall Ships event boosted Red Car ridership for
the month of August to a new record, with 28,354 boardings! Based on the
demand for evening service to see the very popular nighttime performances at
the Fanfare Fountain, Red Car service hours have been extended to 9:30 pm
(the last car leaves Gateway Plaza / Swinford Street for 22nd Street at 9:30
The Los Angeles Festival of Sail returned
to San Pedro August 15-17. Thousands turned out to view the tall ships and
enjoy the festive atmosphere along the waterfront. Record crowds rode the
Red Car, with ridership reaching almost 12,000 for the three day event !
The new Gateway Plaza water features were
officially opened on July 25. The evening ceremony featured live music and
refreshments and was very well attended. Red Car Line operating hours were
extended to beyond 10 pm, providing a shuttle service to parking at Ports O'
Call. The new "Fanfare" water feature was of course the star
attraction. Pumping 400,000 gallons of recycled water, the fountain
features 58 choreographed water jets, lighting and music. The Gateway
water features are the latest milestone in the ongoing program to create a
world-class waterfront in the San Pedro and Wilmington communities.
"Performances" occur daily, more
information on the fountain is available on the Port's website.
Upcoming attractions at the Port that
will also feature extended Red Car Line operating hours include the Festival
of Sail August 15-17, and Lobster Fest September 19-21.
In other Red Car news, work continues on
the system expansion study, with preliminary alignments now being designed
for the extensions that are covered by the San Pedro Waterfront Project EIR. The
Port has also begun offering a Red Car Field Trip program for school groups.
here for more information on the program, or contact Mary Frances
Sandoval at (310) 732-3960.