Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, has announced that Angels Flight, the iconic Downtown Los Angeles railway, has reopened to the public after a three-year closure.
Renowned as the world’s shortest railway, the 116-year-old funicular takes passengers on a scenic ride between Hill and Olive Streets on Bunker Hill. It reopens after a full-scale modernisation with state-of-the-art safety upgrades made possible through a unique public-private partnership.
In March 2017, Mayor Garcetti announced an agreement with the Angels Flight Railway Foundation and ACS Group to recondition, operate, and maintain the funicular for the next 30 years.
“Angels Flight is so much more than a railway — it’s a bridge to our history, and a window into countless moments of joy and wonder that have helped shape L.A.’s story for more than century,” said Mayor Garcetti.
“I am grateful to our partners, who had the vision and persistence to bring this treasure back to the people of our City, and I look forward to sharing it with the world for generations to come.”
In addition to being an iconic tourist attraction, the funicular will serve as an important transit connection between the Metro station at Pershing Square and the top of Bunker Hill — an area that includes Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, MOCA, and the Los Angeles Music Center, among other cultural institutions.
Angels Flight is open to the public 365 days a year for US $1 per ride. Metro Tap Card holders will receive a 50% fare discount for the next three years.