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New Blue Improvements Project

Next stop: a better Blue Line.

Major improvements are almost complete for the Blue Line which is anticipated to open on Saturday, November 2 with free rides and community celebrations. For more details, please visit metro.net/aline .

A Line (Blue)

Metro is investing $350 million to enhance safety, increase reliability and improve the customer experience. In addition to the new digital screens, new signage, tracks and system wiring, one of the project’s major milestones is the addition of four new crossover tracks/switches which will help reduce service interruptions. Metro thanks you as we make major upgrades to our oldest light rail line.

Blue Line stations will be back in service on Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Northern Segment of the Blue Line is out of service between Compton Station and 7th St/Metro Center from Saturday, June 1, 2019, through Friday, November 1, 2019, and reopening Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The Blue Line Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will remain out of service throughout the Northern Segment closure, through Friday, November 1, 2019, and reopening Saturday, November 2, 2019. Green Line Willowbrook/Rosa Parks service will remain open.

The Southern Segment of the Blue Line is open between Downtown Long Beach and Compton Station, starting Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Flower Street Bus-only Lane Pilot

To improve service reliability and move more people through the urban center, Metro and LADOT are implementing an evening peak, temporary bus-only lane on southbound Flower St, between 7th St and 28th St/I-110 Freeway entrance. After review and study of the pilot program and its positive impacts to peak-hour traffic flow, Metro is proposing to extend the study of this weekday, Monday to Friday, evening peak-hour configuration, for five months through March 2020 , beyond the conclusion of the New Blue Improvements Project.

Read the Flower St Bus-only Lane fact sheet to learn more

Project Area

The pm peak bus only lane will cover 1.8 miles of Flower St between 7th St and 28th St, at the I-110 South ExpressLanes entrance.

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Upgrades from the New Blue Improvements Project

As the New Blue Improvements Project is now complete, we are excited to announce that the A Line (Blue) is now open from 7 th St/Metro Center to Downtown Long Beach.

Metro would like to thank you for your patience during the service interruption to Metro’s oldest light rail line. Since late January, crews have worked diligently to upgrade the newly-minted A Line to the modern specifications of our younger rail lines. This $350 million investment means the A Line will be more reliable, have enhanced safer systems, and provide an improved customer experience for all.

Here are the improvements that have been made on the A Line (Blue):

Increased Reliability

  • Four new crossover tracks/switches to reduce service interruptions
    Four new crossover tracks/switches
  • New tracks for a longer service life
    New tracks for a longer service life

Enhanced Safety

  • Upgraded train control system
  • New overhead power system
    New overhead power system

Improved Customer Experience

  • New identifiers and signage
    New identifiers and signage
  • Repainted stations and refreshed landscaping
    Repainted stations and refreshed landscaping Repainted stations refreshed landscaping