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Angels Flight

On August 31, 2017,  Angels Flight™ Railway reopened, four years after state regulators shuttered the historic funicular. The Conservancy, a vocal advocate for the Los Angeles landmark, worked with grassroots organizations to make the reopening possible.


According to the Los Angeles Times, a consortium of engineering and transportation firms agreed to invest in a series of safety upgrades and will maintain and operate the railway. 

Community members and civic leaders pressed Mayor Garcetti to work with state and federal agencies to reopen Bunker Hill's beloved funicular after the state suspended service in September 2013. 

Following an accident in 2001, the nonprofit Angels Flight Railway Foundation commissioned the full redesign and installation of a new drive and control system. With the modern safety features in place, the funicular reopened in 2010. Nonetheless, it was shuttered once more in 2013 after one of the cars derailed from the track.

After the 2013 incident, the two cars, Sinai and Olivet, remained out of operation as different state and local agencies weighed options for the funicular's future. According to an on-site notice, maintenance and improvements were completed in February 2014.

A group called the Angels Flight Friends and Neighbors Society launched an online petition in 2015, calling on Mayor Garcetti to work with federal, state, and local officials to reactivate the historic funicular. 

On July 23, 2015, Mayor Garcetti introduced a successful motion before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board to conduct a study and make recommendations to state and federal regulators for getting the trains up and running again.