J (Los Angeles Railway)
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|System||Los Angeles Railway, Los Angeles MTA|
|Locale||Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, and Walnut Park|
|Termini||Jefferson Boulevard and 10th Avenue
Seville Avenue and Palm Place
|Owner||Los Angeles MTA|
|Track gauge||Narrow gauge|
Huntington Line (1895-1911)
The Huntington Line was one of the original routes of the Los Angeles Railway. From Downtown, it branched off the Pico Line at 1st and Santa Fe. From there, it followed a route south on Santa Fe Avenue, a private right-of-way, Mateo Street, 9th Street, Santa Fe Avenue, Pacific Boulevard, Florence Avenue, and Seville Avenue to Walnut Park, with an additional branch down Santa Fe to Slauson Avenue. After 1911, a shuttle route continued to run on Mateo Street, but the remainder of the route now entered Downtown Los Angeles via 7th Street.
Jefferson Line (1898-1911)
The Jefferson Line was built by the Los Angeles Traction Company, and ran as a meager shuttle route on West Jefferson Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Wesley Avenue (present-day University Avenue) at the University of Southern California, where there were two transfer points for the Los Angeles Railway's University Line. The route was maintained by the Los Angeles Interurban Railway, then the Pacific Electric Railway, who operated the local route until the Great Merger of 1911. From that point on, the Jefferson Line was integrated into the Huntington Line and extended west to 9th Avenue. In 1920, the route became known as "J."
J Line (1911-1963)
The J Line ran from Jefferson and 10th in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, to the Palm Place loop in Walnut Park, by way of West Jefferson Boulevard, South Grand Avenue, 7th Street, Mateo Street, East Olympic Boulevard, South Santa Fe Avenue, Pacific Boulevard, East Florence Avenue, and Seville Avenue. In the early days, a short-lived branch line was run east on Jefferson to San Pedro.
In 1961, due to a paving project, rail service east of Seventh & San Pedro was rerouted with a deviation aligned with the S line south on San Pedro & Avalon, thence left on Vernon through the Jazz District aligned with the V line to Santa Fe Ave. & Pacific Bl. until service ceased on March 30, 1963. This line contributed to the success of Huntington Park's Pacific Blvd. business district for many years.
- Electric Rail Heritage Association
- December 23, 1962 LAMTA schedule