P (Los Angeles Railway)

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Overview
Type Light rail
System Los Angeles Railway, Los Angeles MTA
Locale Los Angeles, East Los Angeles
Termini Pico Boulevard and Rimpau Boulevard
Brooklyn Avenue and Rowan Avenue
Stations 34
Operation
Opening 1920
Closed 1963
Owner Los Angeles MTA
Technical
Track gauge narrow gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map

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Pico and Rimpau
Pico and Crenshaw
Pico and Arlington
Pico and Wilton
Pico and Western
Pico and Harvard
Pico and VermontV
Pico and Hoover
Pico and Alvarado
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Pico and Georgia
Pico and Figueroa
Pico and Flower
Pico and Hope
Pico and GrandJ
Pico and Hill
Pico and Broadway
Broadway and 11th
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Broadway and 9th
Broadway and 7thJ
Broadway and 5th
Broadway and 1st
1st and Spring
1st and Main
1st and Alameda
1st and Vignes
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Los Angeles River
1st and Mission
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1st and Boyle
1st and State
1st and Soto
1st and Fresno
1st and Lorena
1st and Indiana
1st and Rowan
Rowan and Brooklyn

P was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1895 to 1958, and by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1958 to 1963. It was by far the most popular of the railway's routes.

History[edit]

Pico Street Electric Railway (1887-88)[edit]

The first streetcar line on Pico Boulevard was short lived, running from an Orange Grove at Lorde Street (present-day Harvard Boulevard) to the Plaza de Los Angeles by way of Pico, Maple Avenue, 7th Street, San Julian Street, 3rd Street, and Los Angeles Street. The company went under almost immediately.

The Modern Route[edit]

The Pico and First Street Line was one of the first routes built by the new Los Angeles Railway in 1895. Its new route crossed from Pico and Van Ness Avenue in the west to Brooklyn and Rowan avenues in the east, via Pico Boulevard, Main Street, Broadway, 1st Street, and Rowan Avenue. In 1919, Broadway was extended south from 11th and Main to Pico Boulevard, removing the line from Main Street entirely. In 1920, the route was extended west to the Rimpau Loop and renamed P. Its route was unchanged for the rest of its existence.

Gage Street Shuttle Line[edit]

As part of the Los Angeles Railway's expansion, a shuttle line was built north from Rowan and Dozier along Rowan, Hammel and Gage to Blanchard Street, at the foot of what is now City Terrace. Ridership was very low and the route was discontinued by LATL.

Sources[edit]

Electric Rail Heritage Association