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California

Downtown: Angel's Flight Railway

The shortest railway in the world connects the Fourth, Hill Street and Pershing Square Metro Red Line stations to the Watercourt at California Plaza.

Angels Flight™ Railway becomes Angels Walk between Hill Street and California Plaza, offering a pleasant trip with captivating views while riding in counterbalanced cars named 'Olivet' and Sinai up and down Bunker Hill. The shortest railway in the world connects the Fourth, Hill Street and Pershing Square Metro Red Line stations to the Watercourt at California Plaza The shortest railway in the world," the Angels Flight funicular originally opened on December 31, 1901, to carry passengers for a penny a ride between what was then a fashionable residential neighborhood atop Bunker Hill and the offices and shopping emporiums below. The one-way fare rose to a nickel in 1914 and continued at that rate until the railway was dismantled and put into storage in 1969 as Bunker Hill was making its metamorphosis into a modern commercial center.

It started again after many stops and starts and the intervention of a variety of "angels," most notably the Community Redevelopment Agency with the help of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the promised restoration of the funicular was completed in 1996. Since then, it has been under the ownership of the non-profit Angels Flight™ Railway Foundation, and a one-way trip is now only 25 cents. All aboard!

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