List of Pacific Electric lines

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The following passenger rail lines were operated by the Pacific Electric Railway and its successors from the time of its merger in 1911 until the last line was abandoned in 1961.

List of lines[edit]

There were three primary terminals in downtown Los Angeles:

  • 6th & Main Station, opened 1905 on the south side of 6th Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets; served the Northern and Southern Divisions via several approaches including an elevated line from Santa Fe Street. This elevated station was not built until about 1916.
  • Subway Terminal, opened 1925 on the west side of Hill Street south of 4th Street; served the Western Division via the Hollywood Subway
  • Hill Street Station, opened 1908 on the west side of Hill Street between 4th and 5th Streets; moved to the south side of the Subway Terminal in 1926; served the Western Division via both directions on Hill Street
Division Name Map From Via To Abandoned Post-rail history
S Walker 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Randolph Street Walker (west shore of the Los Angeles River) 1938-03-06 N/A
S Whittier 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Randolph Street, private ROW, Philadelphia Street Whittier 1935-09-01 (cut back to Walker) MTA Line 18, Montebello Bus Lines Line 10 (part of MTA Line 18 until 2004)
S La Habra-Yorba Linda 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Randolph Street, private ROW Yorba Linda 1930-07-10 MTA Line 18, Montebello Bus Lines Line 10 (part of MTA Line 18 until 2004), Foothill Transit Line 285 (MTA Line 471 until 2004), Orange County Transportation Authority Line 29 (replacement buses only went to Brea)
S Fullerton 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Randolph Street, private ROW Fullerton 1930-11-13 MTA Line 18, Montebello Bus Lines Line 10 (part of MTA Line 18 until 2004), Foothill Transit Line 285 (MTA Line 471 until 2004), Orange County Transportation Authority Lines 29, 47
S Bellflower 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Santa Ana Boulevard, private ROW Bellflower 1958-05-25 N/A
S Santa Ana enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Santa Ana Boulevard, private ROW, Fourth Street Santa Ana 1950-07-02 (cut back to Bellflower) MTA Line 460, Orange County Transportation Authority Line 83
S Santa Ana-Orange Santa Ana Orange 1930-09-14 Orange County Transportation Authority Line 53
S Santa Ana-Huntington Beach Santa Ana Huntington Beach 1918-10-27 N/A
S Huntington Beach-La Bolsa Huntington Beach La Bolsa 1928-11-09 N/A
S Seal Beach-Huntington Beach-Newport Beach 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW, Electric Avenue, Pacific Coast Highway Newport Beach 1950-06-30 Orange County Transportation Authority Line 1
S Balboa enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW, Electric Avenue, Pacific Coast Highway, Balboa Boulevard Balboa 1940-06-09 (cut back to Newport Beach) Orange County Transportation Authority Lines 1, 71
S Long Beach 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW, Long Beach Boulevard Long Beach 1961-04-09 MTA Line 60 and Blue Line
S Watts Local 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue Watts 1961-04-09 MTA Line 56 (discontinued in 2003)
S Long Beach-San Pedro Long Beach Private ROW San Pedro 1949-01-02 MTA Line 232
S Terminal Island 6th & Main; Long Beach Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW, Henry Ford Avenue Terminal Island 1945-09-16 N/A
S San Pedro via Dominguez enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW San Pedro 1958-12-07 MTA Line 202
S Catalina Dock 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Willowbrook Avenue, private ROW Catalina Dock 1958-10-12 (also had service from Long Beach via the Long Beach-San Pedro Line until 1949-04-30) N/A
S Torrance 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Lanzit Avenue, Vermont Avenue, 166th Street, Normandie Avenue, Torrance Boulevard Torrance 1940-01-14 N/A
S San Pedro via Gardena enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Lanzit Avenue, Vermont Avenue, 166th Street, Normandie Avenue, Torrance Boulevard, Cabrillo Avenue, Plaza del Amo, Normandie Avenue, Gaffey Street, private ROW San Pedro 1939-02-26 (cut back to Torrance; Carson Cutoff along Normandie Avenue had been abandoned on 1927-10-19, taking all trips through Torrance) N/A
S Redondo via Gardena 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Lanzit Avenue, Athens Way, private ROW, Vermont Avenue, 166th Street, private ROW, 182nd Street, private ROW, Diamond Street, Catalina Avenue Clifton 1940-01-14 N/A
S Hawthorne-El Segundo enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, Lanzit Avenue, private ROW, Grand Avenue El Segundo 1930-10-31 N/A
S Hawthorne-El Nido Hawthorne Hawthorne Boulevard El Nido 1933-10-25 N/A
N South Pasadena Local enlarge… 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Daly Street, Pasadena Avenue, Figueroa Street, Pasadena Avenue, Mission Street, Fair Oaks Avenue Pasadena 1935-01-02 (remained south of Mission Road until 1942-10-17) MTA Line 176
N Annandale 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Daly Street, Pasadena Avenue, Figueroa Street, Avenue 64 Annandale 1928-04-03 (1926-11-13 north of Adelaide Place) MTA Line 256
N Pasadena Short Line 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Fair Oaks Avenue Pasadena 1951-09-30 MTA Line 260
N Pasadena via Oak Knoll 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Oak Knoll Avenue, Lake Avenue Pasadena 1950-10-08 MTA Line 485
N Mount Lowe 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Fair Oaks Avenue, Colorado Boulevard, Lake Avenue, Mount Lowe Drive Rubio Canyon (connecting with the Mount Lowe Railway) 1936-09-15 N/A
N Sierra Vista Local 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive Sierra Vista 1951-09-30 MTA Lines 78 and 79
N Lamanda Park Pasadena Colorado Boulevard Lamanda Park 1941-01-19 (cut back several blocks from Lamanda Park on 1936-03-01) MTA Line 181
N Sierra Madre 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Sierra Madre Boulevard Sierra Madre 1950-10-06 MTA Line 487
N Monrovia-Glendora 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Olive Avenue, Royal Oaks Drive, private ROW, 9th Street, private ROW Glendora 1950-09-30 MTA Line 79, Foothill Transit Line 494
N Alhambra-San Gabriel 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Soto Street, Huntington Drive, Main Street, Las Tunas Drive; loop through San Gabriel via Mission Drive, Junipero Serra Drive Temple City 1941-11-30 MTA Line 78
N Shorb enlarge… Pasadena Fair Oaks Avenue, Huntington Drive, Main Street, Palm Avenue Shorb 1924-04-16 N/A
N El Monte-Baldwin Park 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Ramona Boulevard Baldwin Park 1950-10-15 MTA Line 490
N Covina 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Ramona Boulevard, Badillo Street Covina 1947-03-28 (cut back to Baldwin Park) MTA Line 490
N San Dimas 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Ramona Boulevard, Badillo Street Lone Hill 1941-11-01 (cut back to Covina) MTA Line 490, Foothill Transit Line 492
N San Dimas Local Lone Hill Private ROW San Dimas 1924-07-04 N/A
N Pomona 6th & Main Aliso Street, private ROW, Ramona Boulevard, Badillo Street, private ROW, White Avenue Pomona 1941-11-01 (cut back to Covina) MTA Line 490, Foothill Transit Line 492
N Pomona-Claremont Pomona Garey Avenue, private ROW, 1st Street Claremont 1933-01-01 Foothill Transit Line 492
N Ontario-Upland Ontario Upland 1928-10-06 N/A
N Ontario-San Antonio Heights Ontario San Antonio Heights 1924-11-01 (cut back from San Antonio Heights to La Cima on 1924-07-03) N/A
N Upland-San Bernardino 6th & Main San Bernardino 1941-11-01 MTA Line 190, Foothill Transit Line 492, Omnitrans Lines 66, 14
N Redlands 6th & Main Redlands 1936-07-20 MTA Line 190, Foothill Transit Line 492, Omnitrans Lines 66, 14, 8
N Highland San Bernardino Highland 1933-09-01 (branch to Patton on 1924-06-01) N/A
N Arrowhead San Bernardino Arrowhead Springs 1932-09-01 N/A
N San Bernardino-Riverside San Bernardino Riverside 1938-02-01 Omnitrans Line 215
N Riverside-Rialto 6th & Main Riverside 1940-06-09 N/A
N Riverside-Arlington Riverside Arlington 1943-01-10 Riverside Transit Agency Line 1
N Arlington-Corona Arlington Corona 1931-08-11 Riverside Transit Agency Line 1
W Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey enlarge… Hill Street Hill Street, Venice Boulevard, Culver Boulevard, Vista del Mar Avenue, The Strand, Hermosa Avenue, Harbor Drive, Catalina Avenue Clifton 1940-05-12 Culver CityBus Line 7 (MTA Line 220 until 2006)
W West 16th Street Hill Street Hill Street, Venice Boulevard (16th Street), San Vicente Boulevard Vineyard (extended 1940-07-07 to Genesee Street) 1950-09-17 (Vineyard-Genesee Street shuttle remained until 1950-10-01) MTA Line 733
W Venice Short Line Hill Street Hill Street, Venice Boulevard, Pacific Avenue, Neilson Way, Ocean Avenue Santa Monica 1950-09-17 MTA Line 733
W Sawtelle Hill Street Hill Street, Venice Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, Burton Way, Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica 1940-07-07 MTA Line 4; also Line 27 (Burton Way) until 2002
W Venice-Inglewood Ocean Park Private ROW, Ballona Street Inglewood 1919 N/A
W Venice-Playa del Rey Venice Pacific Avenue Playa del Rey 1936-07-13 N/A
W Westgate Hill Street Hill Street, Venice Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, Burton Way, Santa Monica Boulevard, private ROW, San Vicente Boulevard, Ocean Avenue Santa Monica 1940-06-30 Big Blue Bus Line 4 (MTA Line 22 until 2003)
W Santa Monica Air Line enlarge… 6th & Main Long Beach Avenue, private ROW, Exposition Boulevard, private ROW Santa Monica 1953 Expo Line in 2016-5-20
W Beverly Hills Subway Terminal or Hill Street Glendale Boulevard or Hill Street, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Marshfield Way, private ROW, Santa Monica Boulevard Beverly Hills 1954-09-26 MTA Line 217
W Venice via Hollywood Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Marshfield Way, private ROW, Santa Monica Boulevard, Ocean Avenue, Neilson Way, Pacific Avenue Venice 1941-08-23 N/A
W Laurel Canyon Hill Street Hill Street, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Marshfield Way, private ROW, Sunset Boulevard Laurel Canyon 1924-03-10 N/A
W Soldiers' Home Sawtelle Private ROW Soldiers' Home 1920 N/A
W Coldwater Canyon Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Coldwater Canyon (Beverly Hills Hotel) 1923-01-15 N/A
W South Hollywood-Sherman Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard Sherman 1953-05-31 MTA Line 4
W Western and Franklin Avenue Hill Street Hill Street, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Western Avenue, Franklin Avenue Hollywood (Hollywood and Vine) 1940-03-17 MTA Line 26 (removed from Franklin Avenue in 2006)
W Brush Canyon Hollywood Bronson Avenue, Canyon Drive Brush Canyon 1918-08-06 N/A
W Lankershim-Van Nuys Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Hollywood Freeway, Vineland Avenue, Chandler Boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard Van Nuys 1952-12-28 MTA Line 156
W Owensmouth Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Hollywood Freeway, Vineland Avenue, Chandler Boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Way Canoga Park (Owensmouth) 1938-05-30 MTA Line 163
W San Fernando Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Hollywood Freeway, Vineland Avenue, Chandler Boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard, Parthenia Street, Sepulveda Boulevard, Brand Boulevard San Fernando 1938-05-30 MTA Line 234
W Echo Park Avenue Hill Street Hill Street, Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park Avenue Elysian Heights 1950-10-01 Downtown Area Short Hop Pico Union/Echo Park
W Edendale Local Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard Edendale 1955-06-17 (served Arcade Station via 6th Street, Figueroa Street, 2nd Street rather than Subway Terminal until 1940-09-08) MTA Line 92
W Glendale Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Brand Boulevard North Glendale 1955-06-19 MTA Line 92
W Burbank Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Brand Boulevard, Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank 1955-06-19 (cut back from Eton Drive on 1940-11-24) MTA Line 92
W East Broadway Subway Terminal Glendale Boulevard, Brand Boulevard, Broadway Glendale 1946-12-24 N/A

Local lines[edit]

The Los Angeles Railway operated most local lines in central Los Angeles, but the Pacific Electric had local systems in a number of other areas:

East Washington enlarge…
Long Beach enlarge…
Pasadena
Pomona
Redlands
Riverside
San Bernardino
San Pedro
Santa Monica

Dual gauge track[edit]

The PE and the Los Angeles Railway shared some dual gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)/3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) track along Hawthorne Boulevard, on Main Street and on 4th Street.

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