San Pedro’s Red Car unlikely to be spared by last-minute call for reprieve

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Tears are sure to flow Sunday when the final blast of the Red Car’s E-flat horn sounds off on its final historic runs along the San Pedro waterfront.

A last-minute appeal by county officials and the area’s congresswoman to save at least part of the Harbor Boulevard line was made late this week, bringing a glimmer of hope that a reprieve yet could be in the works.

But it’s only a glimmer.

Even if an electric trolley line returns in the future, the boxy, high-riding vintage Red Cars probably won’t be used due to numerous safety and regulatory restrictions and costs associated with running them.

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