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San Pedro - August 2003
   

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San Pedro — Pacific Electric Rides Again

Rail Transit Online, August 2003

The Waterfront Red Car Line in San Pedro, home of Los Angeles Harbor, celebrated its grand opening on July 19.  An estimated 500 people, including a number of prominent elected officials, attended the gala “Red Car Revival” dedication ceremony at the 6th St. station.  Following the speeches, the 1.5-mi. (2.4 km) trolley line was opened to the public.  Heavy crowds were reported at the four stations throughout the afternoon and more than 2,000 free tickets were handed out, although officials estimate that many more people actually rode the two operating cars.  They include No. 501, a new replica of a Pacific Electric 500-class suburban car first used in 1902, and No. 1058, a heavily modified original PE car of 1907 that has been fully restored.  Still under construction is another 1902 replica, No. 502.  The cars run Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with historical commentary by operators.  A $1 all-day ticket is also accepted by the electric rubber-tire trolleys now serving two routes linking historic downtown San Pedro with other area attractions.  The L.A. harbor department funded the $10-million heritage trolley project, which serves a bustling cruise ship terminal, in hopes of bringing more tourists to San Pedro. 

 

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