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Angels Flight

Angels Flight Funicular Railway in Downtown Los Angeles


Angels Flight Railway

Angels Flight Railway

Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Angels Flight is a funicular railway that takes pedestrians up and down a steep hill in Downtown LA. The trolley-like train car travels just 298 feet, taking passengers up the 33 percent grade from Hill Street up to California Plaza, which extends across to Grand Ave.

Originally built in 1901 half a block down the street next to the 3rd Street tunnel, Angels Flight was dismantled and put into storage in 1969 when Bunker Hill was developed into a modern commercial center. After 27 years, a new track was built at the current site on Hill Street half way between 3rd and 4th, and the original cars went back into operation in 1996. The redesigned transport system was blamed for a 2001 accident which killed a man and injured 7 others. The uphill train with a new counterbalance transport structure reopened to the public March 15, 2010. The two train cars move simultaneously in opposite directions.

Where: west side of Hill Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
Hours: Angels Flight operates from 6:45 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year.
Cost: The fare to ride in either direction is 50 cents or 25 cents with a valid Metro ticket or card.
Info: angelsflight.com
Metro: To reach Angels Flight by Metro, take the Red Line or Purple Line to Pershing Square and exit toward 4th Street.

At the bottom of Angels Flight you'll find the historic Grand Central Market, and a block south, Pershing Square.

At the top is California Plaza, home of Grand Performances summer concert series. Next to California Plaza is the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Colburn School of music. Across the street and up the block is the Los Angeles Music Center including the Disney Concert Hall.

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