Big Red Cars
The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line Marina Station
For sixty years, the Los Angeles area was served by a vast network of electric railway lines operated by the Pacific Electric Railway. Affectionately known as “Red Cars”, the Pacific Electric’s trolleys and interurban cars blanketed the Los Angeles area on more than 1000 miles of rail lines. The last remnant of the system was abandoned in 1961. Forty-two years later, a small piece of the system was resurrected in San Pedro, as the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line.
Riders can experience the thrill of a real 1920s-era trolley ride, thanks to the line's remarkable railcars. Regular operation is conducted with two new replica railcars carefully patterned after an actual 1909 Pacific Electric “Red Car” design.
Take the 110 Harbor Freeway south to the Harbor Blvd. exit. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd and park adjacent to either the Downtown, Ports O' Call or 22nd St. stations (the 22nd St. station has a dedicated parking lot for the Red Car Line). If you come west from Long Beach on the 47 (passing over the Vincent Thomas Bridge), you will also exit at Harbor Blvd.
East 22nd St and Miner St San Pedro, CA 90731
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Do Long Beach, then ride the bridge west to SP
Comparing San Pedro to Long Beach, the latter city is more entertaining overall. Still, San Pedro is worth a visit at least with its Ports O Call area and harbor cruise connections. If you happen to be without a car (yes, people actually get around without a car in the greater Los Angeles area!), a convenient and cheap alternative is available-a fairly comfortable bus service that connects L.B. to S.P. The 142 Commuter Express runs daily from Transit Mall , L.B.'s major transportation center to the Ports O Call area via a few streets and the historic Vincent Thomas bridge (as pictured). What's great about this ride is that it is just 90 cents and 30 minutes long. This is not bad timing at all for a greater L.A. transit service!
I'll likely use this route myself again. One thing that I do caution is that the bus service not the greatest. It is run by LADOT , which lacks customer service and has been notorious for unsmooth rides, more so then even L.A. main transit service provided by Metro. No complaints from me though. On the first time on this Commuter Express, I got on for free due to a delay of departure !!
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