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Metro Rail’s Growth

Metro Rail Timeline
Metro Rail’s Growth: From 1990 to 2010 and beyond
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Year Summary of Construction Dates


July 14 - Metro Blue Line opens linking Long Beach and Los Angeles, the two largest cities in LA County.

Total System Stations:  22


January 30 - Metro Red Line opens between Union Station and Westlake/MacArthur Park, connecting with the Metro Blue Line at 7 th Street/Metro Center Station.

Total System Stations:  26


August 12 - Metro Green Line opens between Norwalk and Redondo Beach, connecting with the Metro Blue Line at Imperial/Wilmington Station.

Total System Stations: 39


July 13 - Metro Purple Line opens extension west to Wilshire/Western.

Total System Stations: 42


June 12 - Metro Red Line opens extension north to Hollywood/Vine.

Total System Stations: 47


June 24 - Metro Red Line opens extension north to North Hollywood.

Total System Stations: 50


July 26 - Metro Gold Line opens between Union Station and Pasadena, connecting with the Metro Red and Purple lines at Union Station.

Total System Stations: 62


September 29 - Construction begins on the Expo Line between Culver City and downtown LA. When completed it will connect with the Metro Blue, Red and Purple Lines.


November 15 - Metro Gold Line extended east to East LA.

Total System Stations: 70


June 26 – Construction begins to extend the Metro Gold Line to Azusa, the first rail project funded by Measure R to break ground.

Construction continues on the Expo Line to Culver City.  When completed, it will connect with the Metro Blue, Red and Purple lines.