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Monday, September 22, 2014

Crafted And Fanfare Fountain Stops Nixed From Downtown Trolley Route

The Fanfare Fountain and Crafted at the Port of L.A. trolley stops have been nixed by the San Pedro BID. (photo: John Mattera)

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Historic Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District (or PBID), the board of directors voted to eliminate Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles and the Fanfare Fountain from its trolley route.

Proponents said the move will save time and money, enabling the the trolley to run twice as often. But other board members as well as members of the public expressed concern that cutting a major waterfront attraction from the trolley route is a rush of judgement.

Ultimately, the board voted 4-2 in favor of eliminating the trolley route’s end points.

The free trolley rides were introduced several years ago to connect various points on the waterfront and downtown San Pedro. They currently run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on a route that runs from the Fanfare Fountain, to Downtown San Pedro, to Ports O’ Call Village, and Crafted, making stops along the way. The entire route takes an hour.

PBID vice president Jayme Wilson said the modified route will increase ridership.

“When you run every hour, no one wants to sit and wait 55 minutes for the next trolley. I don’t want to cut the budget, I want to double the services.”

The move will save the property owners alliance an estimated $24,300. Service will also be cut on Fridays except for special occasions.

For several board members, the decision came down to the fact that Crafted falls outside the business improvement district and declined the opportunity to join two years ago.

“The original approach of the trolley was to attract Crafted patrons to come downtown,” PBID executive director Stephen Robbins said, adding that ridership to both Crafted and the Fanfare Fountain is minimal. “The effect is that we are benefiting non-stakeholders at the expense of stakeholders. We are not able to serve both Ports O’ Call and downtown as we should be able to on the weekends because of the timing.”

Treasurer Alan Johnson called the move a “knee jerk” reaction.

“Do we have a study that says who got on where and how many people were carried around? If there is, I have not seen it. It shouldn’t take an hour to make that loop,” he said, calling for further study. “I think this is a rather drastic change that I don’t think we should take lightly. We always talk about how we want people to come downtown for the whole day or the whole weekend, and we need to have that circularity. We need to move people around to our attractions.”

Crafted’s executive director Rachel Waugh said she was “dismayed” at the board’s decision.

“I’m disappointed in the move to cut service as we cheerfully announce the arrival of the trolley on our PA system and give a detailed list of stops, including downtown, Ports O’ Call and the Battleship Iowa, every time it pulls up. We put people on the trolley all the time,” she said, adding that the trolley would take patrons of Crafted’s future brewery and restaurant to downtown. “I think it’s a misguided assumption that if you make it harder for visitors to visit attractions outside of downtown, that more will stay in downtown.”

The board also discussed paying $378 a month in rent to park its two trolleys inside Warehouse One, since it must move them from Berth 58 when AltaSea moves in. Waugh proposed working out a deal to park them at Crafted, but it was not discussed further.

Board members said the trolley route can be modified to include Crafted in the future if demand increases.