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Good News For People Too Lazy to Walk Up Bunker Hill: Angels Flight Reopens After Safety Shutdown
Break out the quarters! If that haul up Bunker Hill from Hill Street to California Plaza was getting to be too much (and we feel you, especially in this summer heat), there is reason to be relieved today: Angels Flight has reopened after a brief shutdown over safety concerns.
L.A. Now confirms the funicular was opened up for shuttling riders up and down the hill today, "after state safety inspectors signed off on new wheels installed on its rail cars." (Hey, those rail cars have names: Sinai and Olivet.)
Angels Flight was shut down in early June when wheel flange damage was noted during a routine inspection.
The nearly 110-year-old railway has been shut down in the past due to safety issues, when, in 2001, a brake failure caused the two railcars to collide, killing one elderly passenger, and prompting a shutdown that lasted until March 2010.