Watts (Pacific Electric)

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Type Light rail
System Pacific Electric
Locale Southern California
Termini Pacific Electric Building
Daily ridership 37,436 (peak, 1946)
4,325 (close, 1958)
Opened 1904
Closed 1958
Owner Southern Pacific Railroad
Line length 7.45 miles
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
Pacific Electric Building
H, J, R
Santa Monica Air Line
Vernon Avenue
Slauson Junction
Whittier, La Habra-Yorba Linda
Ascot Park
Florencita Park
Florence Avenue
Wattsend local service

The Watts line was a local line of the Pacific Electric Railway that operated between the Pacific Electric Building in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States and the Watts Station at 103rd Street in Watts, Los Angeles. It was the primary local district service for the Southern District, which also included the Long Beach, San Pedro, Santa Ana and Whittier lines. The route operated along the Southern Division's Four Tracks route, with the Watts Line using the outer tracks and the Long Beach line and other interurban and express lines using the inner tracks.[1] It operated between 1904 and 1958. During the 1910s, its service was combined with the South Pasadena Line of the Northern District. From 1938 to 1950, the line was combined with the Sierra Vista Line, which was the main local line in the Northern District. Since 1990, service along the Watts Line between Washington Boulevard and 103rd Street has been operated by the Los Angeles Metro Blue Line, with stations at Washington Boulevard, Vernon Avenue, Slauson Avenue, Florence Avenue, Firestone Boulevard and 103rd Street.

Stops and stations[edit]

The following were stops and stations along the Watts line[2]


  1. ^ "Pacific Electric Watts Line". Eagle Rock Historical Association. 
  2. ^ Pacific Electric Railway Guide: Names and locations of stops, cross streets and important points of interest on or Adjacent to Lines of the Pacific Electric Railway. Orange Empire Railway Museum.