San Pedro is the home of the "Big Red Cars". The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line is a 1.5 mile long vintage trolley line connecting San Pedros World Cruise Center and the nearby, very popular, Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway with other attractions along the waterfront. The other points of interest include 6th Street and the LA Maritime Museum, Ports O' Call, Fisherman's Wharf and 22nd Street Landing. The line is using a former Pacific Electric right-of- way, also used by the Pacific Harbor Line for freight operations, rebuilt to accommodate trolley operations with traditional 600-volt DC overhead trolley wire.
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 Red Cars operate from 12 p.m. (noon) to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A $1 all-day fare includes unlimited rides for that day.
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. The Red Cars are fun for the whole family and a great way to see some of the many restaurants, museums, shops and attractions for both visitors and cruise ship passengers before and after their voyage.
The stations feature ADA-compliant high level platforms that make boarding and alighting easier for everyone and the new cars easily accommodate wheelchairs.
Red Car Route
Pacific Electric Links