Angels Flight to Reopen by Labor Day

Closed since September 2013, the Angels Flight funicular will restart operations in 2017 through a public-private partnership.

A major step in the renovation of the world’s shortest railway starts next week. On Monday, June 26, crews will begin installing the evacuation stairway for Angels Flight; the California Public Utilities Commission demanded that a walkway be built after a 2013 derailment.

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The work comes in the wake of the March announcement that the newly formed Angels Flight Development Company, a public-private partnership between the city and the engineering firm Sener and ACS Infrastructure, would undertake repairs of the railway, including building the walkway.

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Work on the stairway is expected to last a week, according a representative from ACS, and the funicular connecting Bunker Hill to Hill Street is now scheduled to reopen on Labor Day. No budget for the renovations has been revealed.