The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) held a ceremony on June 21 to commemorate the replacement of its original P865 rail cars on the Metro Blue Line with the new Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars. The ceremony took place in the Blue Line’s main rail yard in northern Long Beach.
The event was attended by Metro Board Chair and Duarte Mayor Pro Tem John Fasana, Metro Board Member and Mayor of Long Beach Robert Garcia, Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and Metro Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins.
The Nippon-Sharyo P865 rail cars have been in service since 1990 when the Blue Line opened for service between Long Beach and Los Angeles. Several of the old rail cars will be dismantled for parts and training purposes and a few cars will be saved for historical purposes. The new Kinkisharyo cars have been running on the Metro Expo and Gold Lines since 2016.