In 2001 the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to perform a study on the feasibility of creating a modern streetcar in Downtown Los Angeles. The goal of the feasibility study was partly to determine potential physical designs, but was primarily focused on investigating how a streetcar would encourage redevelopment and smart growth in the Downtown area.
The “Feasibility Study for the Resurrection of the Red Car Trolley Services in the Los Angeles Downtown Area” was finalized and distributed to the public in July, 2006. The CRA/LA has further supported the streetcar by hiring IBI Group and HNTB to create several conceptual designs/drawings detailing how the streetcar would function and interact along Broadway and within Downtown, and to investigate potential engineering challenges, encumbrances, and funding options.
In the spring of 2008, two dozen downtown leaders and streetcar advocates visited the Pacific Northwest to meet and learn from key figures of the Portland and Seattle streetcar systems. The goal of this trip was to learn how Portland and Seattle were able to secure the funding and public support necessary to transform their projects into reality.