The Port of Los Angeles suspended operations of the Waterfront Red Car Line on September 27, 2015 in preparation for the Sampson Way Realignment Project near Ports O' Call Village. During construction along Sampson Way at 7th Street and Harbor Boulevard, the San Pedro Waterfront Trolley, operated by San Pedro Business Improvement District, will enhance trolley service routes to ensure visitor mobility will continue without interruption.
Regular operations started on July 19th, 2003 with two new replica railcars carefully patterned after the 1909 Pacific Electric 500-class interurban cars. A third car, Pacific Electric 1058, a 1000-class Interurban car that was restored in the 1960s from an actual 1907-vintage Pacific Electric car and outfitted with rubber tires and a gasoline engine, has been converted back to a railcar and is available for special operations including charters.
The loving built and carefully restored cars are a tribute to the fine workmanship of Port of Los Angeles craftsmen. The Red Cars have beautiful wooden seats with brass fittings and the wood paneled car interiors with open air windows and vintage product advertisements give one the feel of riding a Pacific Electric Interurban in the 1920's.