Historic Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar
|Historic Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar|
|Website||Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc.|
|Operator(s)||Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc.|
|Character||Surface, in-street running|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
The Historic Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar is a largely funded electric tram that would serve Downtown Los Angeles, much in the same way the Los Angeles Railway streetcar system did in the earlier part of the 20th century.
In May 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the city of Los Angeles, and several stakeholders began conducting studies and holding public meetings to identify the feasibility of restoring streetcar service downtown. The streetcar restoration efforts will further support in revitalizing Downtown Los Angeles's Historic Core and connect people to employment centers, shopping districts, civic resources, cultural institutions, historic landmarks and entertainment venues within the project study area. A restoration of the streetcar service is anticipated to underscore the overall downtown renaissance occurring in the historic downtown area of Los Angeles according to Metro.
After narrowing it down to seven possible alignments, one alignment was chosen as the Local-Preferred Alternative in January 2012. This alignment would travel on Grand Avenue, 1st Street, Broadway, 11th Street, Figueroa Street, 7th Street, and Hill Street, though a second alternative including an alignment on 9th Street instead of 7th Street was also included – thus two Build Alternatives will be studied further for potential development. A Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA) for these two Build Alternatives is currently in preparation, and is expected to be released to the public in Spring 2014.
- "City of Los Angeles Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown LA". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). February 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown Los Angeles: Alternatives Analysis Final Report" (pdf). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown Los Angeles: Build Alternatives (Map)" (pdf). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-08.