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Waterfront Red Car Line

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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 purposes.

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 galleries.

Passengers 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 the summer of 2013!

redcar Keep the Red Car in mind when attending the following 2013 events:

Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4: LA Waterfront Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 13-15: Lobster Festival
Saturday, October 26: Happy Harbor Halloween
Saturday, November 9: Veterans Day Celebration
Friday, December 6: 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