2003- The Red Car Line celebrated its first anniversary
with a special weekend of free operations. The weekend included a
"special guest" trolley from the Orange
Empire Railway Museum and also featured the public debut of
replica car 500. Additional details on the event are available here.
For the line's first full year of
operations, a total of 87,621 passenger boardings were recorded over 127
operating days, a daily average of 689 boardings.
2006- Harbor Commission Approves Expansion Study. At its 11/16/06 meeting, the Harbor Commission
approved a contract to study expansion of the existing Waterfront Red Car
Line. The study will examine a variety of route proposals, and develop
concepts for enhancing the role of the Red Car Line in local transportation.
Prime contractor Wilson & Company has teamed with EDAW, Railway
Preservation Resources, Stone Consulting, LTK, Aztec Engineering, and other
local firms to provide a expert team to address the study issues. An article
in the 11/15/06 edition of the Daily Breeze provides additional
2007- The Red Car Line carried just over 10,000
passengers for the weekend of Lobster Festival, September 15-16, 2007. The
system operated with extended hours for the three day event, and provided an
important (and fun) parking shuttle service for festival goers.
In other Red Car news, work continues on
the system expansion study, with the consultant team now finalizing their
findings for presentation to Port staff. With the announced closing of
Westway Terminal in 2009, and the resulting end of rail freight service in
San Pedro, a number of new alignment concepts have now been opened up.
Adjacent to the line, work is well
along on the new water feature that will be the icon of the new Waterfront
Gateway at the entrance to the World Cruise Center. The Port is also
moving ahead with a number of other significant community
improvement projects in San Pedro and Wilmington. Click here for
the proposed project
description for the San Pedro Waterfront Project EIR.
2008- 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. Click
here for photos of the event
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. 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.
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