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Old 12-16-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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Exclamation So today I found out that Los Angeles has an abandoned subway system..

Shadowy scenes from the abandoned Los Angeles subway system
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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Alissa Walker is doing good work with LA Walks. "System" overstates it a bit, but there was a tunnel (1.5 miles?) into Downtown from the west. Its portal used to be accessible, but at some point it was sealed up. The idea was to relieve trolley congestion on the streets downtown. It went to what was then known as the Subway Terminal Building, now known as Metro 420, at 5th & Hill Streets. This wasn't so much similar to heavy rail such as LA's current Red Line, but to subway-surface light rail such as exists in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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If you walk north on Hill from 5th you can see the words "subway" etched into the ground in the Metro 420 building in one of the archways that looks like it used to be an entranceway
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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Someone showed me a better link:
LA’s original subway | Gelatobaby
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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Really cool.

Los Angeles would be a very interesting place (not that it isn't currently) if they kept this and the Pacific Electric around.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Are there any tours for this?
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:27 PM
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Interesting! I always knew of Cincinnati's abandoned subway system. Thanks for the link.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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I'm still perplexed as to how this would be safe from earthquakes. It would be pretty awesome if they could accomplish that, though.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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Someone showed me a better link:
LAs original subway | Gelatobaby
Love these old photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Westminster, London
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How much do worries about earthquakes figure into the plans to extend the subway?
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