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Metro will investigate how to get Angels Flight cable railway running again

Angels Flight with the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background.
Angels Flight with the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background.
Photo by Ken Chan via Flickr Creative Commons

Metro's board of directors has decided to investigate the best way to bring one of L.A.'s oldest and shortest transportation networks back to life.

Angels Flight, the funicular cable railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, has been closed for years. 

The decision was made not long after Richard Schave and his wife began a petition for its re-opening, he told KPCC. The petition gathered more than 1,o00 signatures since it began circulating.

"Angels Flight has been closed almost two years now, and it just breaks our heart every time we go by," Schave said.

Schave said that he and his wife wanted to get the ball rolling, because they feel many Angelenos relate to the destination. 

"You read the comments in the petition and people say, 'That's my seat at the head of the car,'" Schave said. 

While the investigation is underway, Schave said that he will be busy getting the word out about the study and Angels Flight's reopening.

"People feel they really own a piece of Angels Flight, and it's fair, it's part of their heritage, a part of their Los Angeles experience," he said. 

Angels Flight is not operated by Metro.