Angel's Flight, the beloved funicular railway that has transported Angelenos up and down Bunker Hill since the dawn of the 20th century, will reopen on Labor Day after a nearly four-year closure.
Esotouric Tours was live at a ceremony earlier this afternoon, where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and 14th District Councilmember Jose Huizar announced the return of what has been dubbed "the world's shortest incorporated railway."
First opened in 1901, Angel's Flight shuttled residents of Bunker Hill to the Downtown business district below for nearly seven decades until being unceremoniously dismantled prior to the urban renewal which swept through the neighborhood started in the 1970s.
After spending 27 years in storage, it was rebuilt and ropened in 1996, now located a half-block south to reach the California Plaza development.
Since then, it has intermittently closed and reopened following a series of accidents, with the most recent shutdown occurring in September 2013.
The City of Los Angeles will soon begin soliciting proposals for the development of an adjoining property known as Angel's Landing.
- Bunker Hill Archive (Urbanize LA)