San Pedro — Red Car Extension
Rail Transit Online, December 2006
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has
approved a $1.9-million contract with a consultant team headed Wilson & Co.
Inc., Engineers and Architects, to study a possible expansion of the highly
popular Waterfront Red Car Line in San Pedro. The 1.5-mi. (2.4 km)
single-track streetcar, which opened along Harbor Boulevard in 2003,
connects the harbor’s busy cruise ship terminal with several tourist
attractions in the area. It is equipped with an original (but heavily
rebuilt) Pacific Electric trolley and two highly accurate replica cars.
Operations are limited to four days a week when cruise ships dock. The
additions to be analyzed include:
- A 3-mi. (4.8 km) northern extension
- A 1-mi. (1.61 km) circulator route
through downtown San Pedro
- A 1.5-mi. (2.4 km) extension south
from the existing terminal at 22nd Street to Cabrillo Beach
- A 1-mi. spur south from the existing
Ports O' Call station
- A 1-mile spur south from 22nd Street
to a proposed new cruise ship terminal.
In addition, a 0.5-mi. (0.8 km)
repositioning of the existing track near the Ports O' Call Village stop will
be examined. Wilson & Company’s three-year contract also includes studying
construction of a streetcar maintenance building and museum. The expanded
route could allow daily operation and attract more tourists to the area.