Ride the Red Car!
The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line
is a 1.5-mile vintage trolley line connecting
the World Cruise Center with attractions along
the San Pedro waterfront. Restored and replicated
Pacific Electric Red Cars were designed to serve
the area with both transportation and enjoyment
When the Waterfront Red Car Line was inaugurated
on July 19, 2003, it marked the first time in
more than 40 years that Red Cars had run anywhere
in Los Angeles using a historic Red Car route.
The four Red Car boarding points are at the World
Cruise Center, Downtown, Ports O' Call, and Marina
stations. The Downtown Station at 6th Street and
Harbor Boulevard stands where the original Pacific
Electric San Pedro
Depot stood years ago.
Aboard the car, one will experience all that Los Angeles
had to offer during the early 1900s, complete with open
air, California-style windows and vintage product advertisements.
Passengers also discover the unique feeling of San Pedro,from its restaurants and gift shops to museums and art
appreciate the remarkable condition and authenticity of
the Port’s Red Cars. Port of Los Angeles craftsmen
brought original Pacific Electric Red Car 1058 back to
life, paying careful attention to detail, while adding
some modern machinery features to improve safety and
operational efficiency. Replica Red Cars 500 and 501
were each built from scratch, representing the look of
the cars that ran on the San Pedro Pacific Electric
system in the 1920s.
Red Car hours of operation are from noon to 9 p.m.,
Friday through Sunday. The $1 fare includes unlimited rides for the day. Red Car rides are free during Port-sponsored events.
Keep the Red Car in mind when attending the following 2014 events:
Friday, June 20: Grand Opening of Downtown Harbor
Friday, June 27: Cars & Stripes Forever!
Wednesday-Sunday, August 20-24: Tall Ships® Festival LA 2014
Wednesday, September 10: Paper Yacht Challenge
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14: Lobster Festival
Saturday, October 25: Happy Harbor Halloween
Friday, December 5: Holiday Fountain Event
To ride the Red Cars, take the Harbor Freeway (110
south) and exit Harbor
Boulevard, right. Free parking is available at the Downtown
Station at 6th Street, Ports O' Call Station at Sampson
Way and Marina Station at 22nd Street.
Red Car Links
Waterfront Red Car Line Fact Sheet
Railway Preservation Resources
Orange Empire Railway Museum