Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Trolley at Grove May be Extended to Become Museum-area Tourist Line

Caruso to extend Grove trolley to Beverly Center. (Genaro Molina / LA Times )
The picturesque trolley cars at LA's Grove shopping center are cute and fun, but their minute-long ride to the historic Farmer's Market is frankly a bit underwhelming.  Never saddled with a lack of vision, developer Rick Caruso last week revealed his plan to extend the trolleys out into the surrounding neighborhood.  The revamped trolley line would loop from the Grove to the LA museums on Wilshire over to the Beverly Center shopping area, and then back on Third Street to the Grove.  The biggest trick will not be building or paying for the new tourist trolley line, but convincing local residents to support construction in the traffic-stressed area.

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Los Angeles Times

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Excerpt: "Billionaire developer Rick Caruso has an idea on how to better move Los Angeles — and it’s a blast from the past.

Caruso this week is talking up the idea of extending the old-fashioned trolley that runs through his popular Grove shopping center to other locations in the neighborhood, including the Beverly Center and LACMA.

The plan is still at its infancy, but Caruso vows to throw his weight and 'a significant amount' of his money toward the trolley idea.

In an interview this week, Caruso challenged the city to 'Get some vision,' and 'build something that’s compelling.'

'We’re prepared to spend $1 billion to have a subway from downtown to the sea. We’re going to put people in a hole in the ground,' he said. 'Let’s spend whatever it is … and move people around the city, above ground, because we have the best climate in the world.'

Under Caruso’s concept, the trolley would make a loop around the numerous attractions in the area, including the planned Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Wilshire Boulevard, Park LaBrea and the hip West 3rd Street shopping district.

But for all of Caruso’s enthusiasm, obstacles are many.

It’s unclear how a trolley could run along the district’s already clogged streets. Some residents staunchly opposed laying new train track, saying that the trolley would jam traffic even more and present many safety issues."

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