Next Stop: A Better Blue
Major improvements are underway for Metro’s oldest and most heavily used line.
Work to modernize the Blue Line, Metro’s oldest and busiest light rail line, has been ongoing since 2014 as part of a $1.2-billion investment. Metro will embark to modernize the Blue Line through a series of construction and maintenance projects. All these projects are designed to extend the service life of the Blue Line, improve reliability and resiliency, and enhance safety. Metro will embark on the “New Blue Project” to modernize the Blue Line through a series of construction and maintenance projects to improve and upgrade the train control system, tracks, overhead power systems, and station improvements in addition to the complete renovation of the Willowbrooks/Rosa Parks Station. All these projects are designed to:
- Extend the service life of the Blue Line
- Improve reliability and resiliency
- Enhance safety.
The nature of the work on the Blue Line will require portions of the line to be temporarily closed for two extended four-month closures beginning January 2019. The southern portion of the line from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed for four months while the northern portion of the alignment remains open.
Once the southern portion of the alignment is reopened, the northern portion of the alignment will be closed for four months from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the 7th St/Metro Station.
- During the northern closure, construction on the shared track portion of Metro Blue and Expo Lines will result in a 45-day service interruption of the 7 th St/Metro Station to the Pico Station.
- The WIllowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be closed throughout the entire eight-month period.
During the closures, alternative bus service will be provided to customers in a variety of configurations. This may include express services and the replacement bus plan is still being finalized.
More Information on Alternative Bus Service will be coming soon.
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