Transport in Los Angeles: It Exists!

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The Pacific Electric Red Cars were legendary in prewar Los Angeles part of a 1,500-mile streetcar network that enabled the city to grow before everyone had sixteen cars and a Mike Brady-designed ranch house. A few years back they restored one of the old streetcars and used it as a model to construct replicas which run up and down the San Pedro waterfront from the cruise ship terminal down to 22nd Street. But they're not all that's left of public transit in LA, in fact, there's been a massive push out here to increase the system's efficiency. And amazingly, in Southern California — land of the auto-centric solipsist — it's actually starting to work.

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L.A., Long Ruled by Cars, Becoming a Transit Leader [Washington Post]

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DISCUSSION

mad_science
Mad_Science

Funny, the article called the Gold Line the "Yellow Line." You'd almost guess they barely did any research in writing it. If they had, they would have said something about the orange line, where buses think they're trains.

That, and Davey: it's in the Washington Post, not LA times

Can't wait for the expo line to USC. Funny that it's going right along where the old tracks used to be. It's tragic that they didn't keep the original rail system alive.