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New Blue Improvements Project

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Next stop: a better Blue Line.

Major improvements beginning January 26 for Metro’s oldest light rail line.

Work to modernize the Blue Line has been ongoing since 2014 with a series of safety and operational improvements. Metro will begin another round of significant construction and maintenance improvements on Saturday, January 26 through late May, 2019. Through these improvements, Metro will invest $350 million to enhance safety, increase reliability and improve the customer experience.

These improvements will:

  • 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 4am, Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Metro has designed a Bus Shuttle Service Plan during these closures to provide customers with a variety of service options during the New Blue Improvements Project.


Metro is providing three levels of bus shuttle service to replace Blue Line service during this closure. Please visit our Twitter handle at Metro Rider Alerts for real-time service changes.

Metro is updating shuttle service as needed. Schedules are subject to change.

The options include:

In addition to our three bus shuttles, we have alternative options.

Metro Blue Line Improvements Project

New Blue Improvements Project Map

Proyecto de Mejoras de Metro Blue Line


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Construction Notices

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02/20/2019 Utility Repair under 8th St and Locust Av
Area: Utility Repair under 8th St and Locust Av

As part of work on Metro’s New Blue Improvements Project, Metro will be repairing and replacing cables underground under 8th St and Locust Av from 8am to 5pm daily beginning Wednesday, February 20 through Saturday, February 23, 2019.

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02/18/2019 Long Beach Bl Railroad Crossing Replacement
Area: Long Beach Bl between 10th and 16th Sts

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02/15/2019 Concrete Railroad Crossing Replacement
Area: intersections along the Blue Line

Metro’s contractor, RailWorks, will replace concrete railroad crossings and temporarily close intersections along the Blue Line.

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02/11/2019 Concrete Railroad Crossing Replacement
Area: 1st Street and Pine Av | 10th Street and Long Beach Bl

Metro’s contractor, RailWorks, will replace concrete railroad crossings and temporarily close the intersections along the Blue Line at 1st Street and Pine Av; and 10th Street and Long Beach Bl.

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02/11/2019 Installation of Train Control Bungalow
Area: Willowbrook Av, between Compton Bl and Myrrh St.

Crane setup on Willowbrook Av, between Compton Bl and Myrrh St

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02/08/2019 Concrete Railroad Crossing Replacement
Area: Concrete Railroad Crossing Replacement

Railroad crossing replacement

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01/28/2019 Concrete Grade Crossing Replacement
Area: 4th Street and Pacific Av

Metro’s contractor, Railworks, will replace concrete grade crossings along the Blue Line beginning at 4th Street and Pacific Av on Monday, Jan 28th at 7 pm until Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 5 am. 

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01/26/2019 Alternative Travel Options
Area: Metro Blue Line

Our Service Planners have assembled this guide for additional transportation options, as the southern segment of the Metro Blue Line is under renovation.

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01/18/2019 Service Suspension for Rail Distribution
Area: Stations along the Blue Line

Blue Line rail service will be suspended between Willow Station and Downtown Long Beach Station

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01/14/2019 Saw Cutting of Track Asphalt
Area: Inside of the Metro-right-of-way at various Blue Line stations.

Saw cutting of tracks inside of the Metro-right-of-way at various Blue Line stations. 

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01/10/2019 K-Rail Installation
Area: Pacific Av, between 3rd St and 4th St

Closure of one northbound lane of Pacific Av (adjacent to the Railroad track), between 3rd and 4th St, for K-rail installation.

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