DCA's "Red Car Trolley" attraction is based on the former RED CAR trolley system that once covered the Los Angeles basin.
What ever happened to LA's real Red Cars? Was it a conspiracy of automotive and petroleum interests, as suggested in Disney's "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT"? Read on... and give us your thoughts on the matter.
The great Red Car conspiracy of Los Angeles: Is it real?
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the end of all streetcars in L.A., including the Red Car transit system, which ran on 1,100 miles of track. The story that most people believe about the end of the Red Car is that a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways. But that isn't entirely accurate.
Roman Mars and Eric Molinsky of 99% Invisible tell the real story about what happened to L.A.'s Red Car system.
See also:Metro's The Source | Transportation News & ViewsWhat happened? A lot of things. Low fares kept streetcars unprofitable and poorly maintained, streetcars were slow and unable to serve the sprawl they helped create and many people enjoyed the newfound freedom of having a car.