Public meeting for downtown L.A. streetcar project on Aug. 2 to discuss study of routes

Click above to see a larger version of the map.

Metro has announced an Aug. 2 meeting in downtown L.A. (details below) to discuss the study process for a project to return streetcar service to downtown Los Angeles. It’s a city of Los Angeles project, but Metro planners are doing the studies.

Planners will discuss the initial screening of routes for the streetcar and the ones that they have selected for further study — shown above. Here’s a seven-page briefing that details issues with all the many routes that have been reviewed thus far.

Planners have divided downtown into three different areas – north of 5th, between 5th and 9th and south of 9th — to review the different route options within each of those areas. The one thing to keep in mind with the above map is that the southbound segment on Broadway between 1st and 9th is common to all the routes.

What do you think about the different routes? Comment please!

Another thing to keep in mind: the city still must secure funding for the project. The longer the route, the more money it will likely cost.

The meeting announcement is after the jump. Here’s Metro’s streetcar page and here’s the GoLAStreetcar website by project supporters.

The announcement:

Metro will host a community update meeting for the Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown Los Angeles Project to discuss the results of the initial screening of alternatives.  Metro will make a brief presentation outlining the screening process and describe the project alternatives that will be further evaluated and considered for the locally preferred alternative.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend:
Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Caltrans, 1st Floor Conference Room
100 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The project website has been updated to include information regarding the results of the initial screening evaluation. For more information on the Project, please visit

Comments may be submitted at the meeting; sent via e-mail to; provided via voicemail at (213) 922-3000; or mailed to Metro c/o Historic Streetcar Service, One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project!

16 replies

  1. Again, building a custom car to handle going up the hill is a technological feat that has its benefits of becoming a tourist attraction in itself.

    Whether it be the old 19th century cable cars of San Francisco or the lifting pneumatics of the trams in Lisbon, it’s something that not many cities around the world has and it’s the reason why it draws tourists from all over the world.

    LA should lead and pioneer such an engineering feat to get trams over Bunker Hill. Will it be difficult? Most definitely it is. But if you can make it happen, it will be an astounding feat that is sure to draw crowds to make LA another destination place to awe about.

    Not to mention that if LA gets it right, it might even be an innovator to export that technology throughout the world; there’s a lot of places in the world that could use trams going over hills too you know?

    Is it worth the cost? I’d say it’s definitely worth it. Let’s not shy away to build a tram to go over Bunker Hill, instead we should welcome the challenge. Let’s become a city where we can show the world that it’s a city of innovation too, a city that we can be proud to say “we built a tram that can get over a steep hill.”


  2. I think Broadway would be the best route as that is an area that was once the true heart of LA hustle and bustle but has since lost the true luster it once had. I believe there have been a couple attempts to revitalize broadway before but they have all fallen through. This is the chance to correct that. What the streetcar in downtown Portland did is what can be done on Broadway in downtown LA.