J (Los Angeles Railway)

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Type Light rail
System Los Angeles Railway, Los Angeles MTA
Locale Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, and Walnut Park
Termini Jefferson Boulevard and 10th Avenue
Seville Avenue and Palm Place
Stations 82
Opened 1920
Closed 1963
Owner Los Angeles MTA
Track gauge Narrow gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map


Jefferson and 10th Avenue
Jefferson and 7th Avenue
Jefferson and 4th Avenue
Jefferson and Arlington
Jefferson and Cimarron
Jefferson and St. Andrews
Jefferson and Western
Jefferson and Denker
Jefferson and Normandie
Jefferson and Budlong
Jefferson and VermontV
Jefferson and McClintockUSC
Jefferson and HooverUSC
Jefferson and FigueroaUSC
Jefferson and Flower
I-110 (CA).svg Harbor Freeway
Jefferson and Grand5
Grand and 30th
Grand and 27th
Grand and Adams
Grand and 23rd
Grand and 21st
Grand and Washington
Grand and 18th
Grand and 14th
Grand and Pico5
Grand and 12th
Grand and 11th
Grand and Olympic
Grand and 8th
7th and GrandR, S
7th and Olive
7th and Hill
7th and BroadwayP, 5
7th and Spring
7th and Main
7th and Los Angeles
7th and Maple
7th and San PedroR
San Pedro and 9th
San Pedro and 11th
San Pedro and Pico
San Pedro and 14th
San Pedro and 16th
San Pedro and Washington
San Pedro and 21st
San Pedro and 16th
San Pedro and 23rd
San Pedro and Adams
San Pedro and 30th
San Pedro and Jefferson
Avalon and Santa Barbara
Avalon and 41st
Avalon and 42nd
Avalon and VernonS V
Vernon and McKinley
Vernon and Central
Vernon and Hooper
Vernon and Ascot
Vernon and Compton
Vernon and Morgan
Vernon and Long Beach
Vernon and Alameda
Vernon and St. Charles
Vernon and Santa Fe
Pacific CrossingV
Pacific and 46th
Pacific and Leonis
Pacific and Fruitland
Huntington Park
Pacific and 55th
Pacific and 57th
Pacific and Slauson
Pacific and Belgrave
Pacific and Randolph
Pacific and Gage
Pacific and Zoe
Pacific and Saturn
Pacific and Florence
Walnut Park
Seville and Florence
Seville and Live Oak
Seville and Grand
Seville and Broadway
Park Place

J was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1911 to 1945, by Los Angeles Transit Lines from 1945 to 1958, and by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1958 to 1963


Huntington Line (1895-1911)[edit]

The Huntington Line was one of the original routes of the Los Angeles Railway. From Downtown, it branched off the Pico Line at 1st and Santa Fe. From there, it followed a route south on Santa Fe Avenue, a private right-of-way, Mateo Street, 9th Street, Santa Fe Avenue, Pacific Boulevard, Florence Avenue, and Seville Avenue to Walnut Park, with an additional branch down Santa Fe to Slauson Avenue. After 1911, a shuttle route continued to run on Mateo Street, but the remainder of the route now entered Downtown Los Angeles via 7th Street.

Jefferson Line (1898-1911)[edit]

The Jefferson Line was built by the Los Angeles Traction Company, and ran as a meager shuttle route on West Jefferson Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Wesley Avenue (present-day University Avenue) at the University of Southern California, where there were two transfer points for the Los Angeles Railway's University Line. The route was maintained by the Los Angeles Interurban Railway, then the Pacific Electric Railway, who operated the local route until the Great Merger of 1911. From that point on, the Jefferson Line was integrated into the Huntington Line and extended west to 9th Avenue. In 1920, the route became known as "J."

J Line (1911-1963)[edit]

The J Line ran from Jefferson and 10th in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, to the Palm Place loop in Walnut Park, by way of West Jefferson Boulevard, South Grand Avenue, 7th Street, Mateo Street, East Olympic Boulevard, South Santa Fe Avenue, Pacific Boulevard, East Florence Avenue, and Seville Avenue. In the early days, a short-lived branch line was run east on Jefferson to San Pedro.

In 1961, due to a paving project, rail service east of Seventh & San Pedro was rerouted with a deviation aligned with the S line south on San Pedro & Avalon, thence left on Vernon through the Jazz District aligned with the V line to Santa Fe Ave. & Pacific Bl. until service ceased on March 30, 1963. This line contributed to the success of Huntington Park's Pacific Blvd. business district for many years.