The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will open the Blue Line for service in late October following a $350-million upgrade and modernization of the light rail line. The opening date and details of the celebration will be announced following train testing.
The Metro Blue Line, which travels between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, has approximately 65,000 boardings per day. Work on the Blue Line’s southern section began in late January, and improvements are currently in progress on the northern section of line.
“We are proud of this critically needed repair work to make the Blue Line better and more reliable for Metro customers,” remarked Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chair James T. Butts. “Our customers will see for themselves just how much effort we’ve put into improving their transit riding experience.”
The New Blue Improvements Project replaced tracks and upgraded train control and overhead power systems. The project also included the addition of four new crossover tracks/switches, which will reduce service interruptions for customers. New rail tracks, overhead power lines, train control and switches were also part of the project.
“We would like to sincerely thank the public for its patience during our construction work to improve one of our nation’s busiest light rail lines,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “We are excited to announce that, in addition to improving the reliability of the Blue Line, we are also enhancing the customer experience with new digital customer information screens, new signage, new paint and more.”