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The Trolley Took Us There 12.31.10

December 31, 2010


The Big Red Car turns down Fair Oaks Avenue from Colorado Blvd., Pasadena after the Rose Parade in 1950. Photo via The Metro Transportation Library and Archive.

The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl have long been a major production for the transit operators of Los Angeles. It was really the abundance of mass transit rail lines going to Pasadena that made the Tournament of Roses Parade possible, beginning in 1890. About a million spectators are expected to line the route in the morning, and while intercontinental trains, or Pacific Electric’s Big Red Cars no longer go there, the Gold Line from Highland Park does! And better yet, it runs 24 hours with extra trains to accommodate this special event. Happy New Year!


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