D (Los Angeles Railway)

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D
Overview
Type Light rail
System Los Angeles Railway
Locale Los Angeles
Termini Bonnie Brae Street and Beverly Boulevard
Central Station
Operation
Opened 1920
Closed 1947
Technical
Track gauge narrow gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map

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Bonnie Brae and Beverly
3rd and Bonnie Brae
3rd and Alvarado
Alvarado and 6thH, 3
5th and Beaudry
5th and FigueroaU
5th and Flower
5th and Grand
5th and Olive
5th and HillPacific Electric Railway
5th and BroadwayP, W, 5, 9
5th and SpringN, 7, 8
5th and MainO, Pacific Electric Railway
5th and Los Angeles
5th and Maple
5th and San Pedro
Central StationSP
U

D was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1895 to 1947.

History[edit]

Bonnie Brae Line (1895-1920)[edit]

During the early days of LARy, the route ("Bonnie Brae") had to compete with multiple other streetcar companies, running a circuitous route to avoid them between Central Station and the northern portion of Westlake, by way of 5th Street, Olive Street, 6th Street, Figueroa Street, 7th Street Alvarado Street, Webster Avenue, and Bonnie Brae Street.

Following the Great Merger of 1911, Pacific Electric divested most of its Los Angeles local routes to LARy, allowing D to use former LAIU trackage on West 6th street Westlake. The Figueroa and 7th street portions of the line were eliminated, shortening the trip by a quarter of a mile. In 1920, the Bonnie Brae Line was renamed D.

D Line (1920-1947)[edit]

Early in the 1920s, the 5th street segment was extended so that 3, U, and D lines could run straight along 5th street through Downtown and shortening the route by an additional quarter mile. Unfortunately, this made D little more than a branch of two much more popular routes, with the closure of Central Station in 1940, and no major destinations on East 5th Street, ridership downtown reduced significantly. At the same time, however, the removal of the I line improved ridership in Westlake. The route was removed by Los Angeles Transit Lines in 1947.

Sources[edit]

Electric Rail Heritage Association