Why Are There Stairs Down to the 110 Freeway?

A remnant from the tail end of the streetcar era

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Why are there stairs from 7th Street down to the 110 freeway in DTLA?

The Harbor Freeway was constructed at the tail end of the streetcar era (See Who Framed Roger Rabbit), as L.A. was transitioning to a bus system. And part of that system included the Freeway Flyer coach, which stopped at the base of those stairs in the 1950s in a dedicated lane. Alas, the lane was eventually absorbed into the freeway, home, many decades later, to the county’s first toll HOV lane.


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