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Three Years Ago: Angels Flight Got Back on Track

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, at 10:33AM
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Passersby check out Angels Flight on March 15, 2010, the day the tiny funicular returned to service.

On November 1, 2008, twin Angels Flight cars Olivet and Sinai got trucked over from Metro's Arts District rail yard and placed onto their tracks. The tiny funicular has not always had smooth sailing in the three years since—with a long wait for opening and a pair of well-publicized closures—but it would be easy to forget how nice it is to have the twin cars once again carrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill.

While the hill may have been leveled off by mid-century redevelopment, the incline from Hill Street to California Plaza is still significant enough to create an impediment for pedestrians. Angels Flight is an important piece of Downtown's circulation puzzle, and one that quickly gets taken for granted on the days where it is quietly hauling passengers up and down the slope and the two cars are tweeting amongst themselves.

The Angels Flight Railway Foundation, which owns and operates the incline, got its share of criticism during the lengthy renovation process—including from us—but it also deserves credit for the line's ongoing operations.

Three years ago, it was hard to imagine that the seemingly-endless renovation would ever end. Today, it's hard to remember what life was like with Angels Flight missing.

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