Getty Center Tram
A train at the Getty Center station
LocaleUnited States Los Angeles (California, USA)
TerminiSepulveda Blvd (lower station)
Getty Center (upper station)
TypePeople mover
Rolling stock6 Otis Hovair vehicles
(2 trains of 3 cars each)
Line length0.75 mi (1.21 km)[1]
Operating speed14 mph (23 km/h)

The Getty Center Tram is a 0.75 mi (1.21 km) people mover system that serves the Getty Center in Los Angeles. It runs two cable-driven hovertrains each consisting of three Otis Hovair vehicles.[1]


The tram line, already planned in 1988,[2] was opened at the end of 1997, following the inauguration of the Getty Center.


The line, located north of Brentwood, in the Westside Region of Los Angeles, links a freeway-level parking garage to the Getty Center, which includes the J. Paul Getty Museum. The duration of a ride is about 3 to 4 minutes.[1]

The lower station (34°05′15.8″N 118°28′32.8″W / 34.087722°N 118.475778°W / 34.087722; -118.475778), at the bottom of the hill, lies beside Sepulveda Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway and features a refuge siding. The upper station (34°04′42.1″N 118°28′29.9″W / 34.078361°N 118.474972°W / 34.078361; -118.474972), at the top of the hill, is located in the arrival plaza of the Getty Center and is part of the structure.[3] The line follows Getty Center Drive and has a passing loop in the middle, although the two trains can operate independently.[4]


See also


  1. ^ a b c "Getty Center Tram - Los Angeles, CA USA".
  2. ^ Krueger, Christopher (July 14, 1988). "Tram System Proposed for J. Paul Getty Center". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ 24563086 Getty Center Tram on OpenStreetMap
  4. ^ Simon, Richard (August 11, 1995). "The Art of Getting to the Getty Will Have Visitors Floating on Air". Los Angeles Times.

Coordinates: 34°04′42.1″N 118°28′29.9″W / 34.078361°N 118.474972°W / 34.078361; -118.474972