P (Los Angeles Railway)

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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