New substations being installed on the Blue Line

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The pictures show Metro’s traction power crew pulling new high-voltage cables and installing new substations for the Metro Blue Line. This is an ARRA-funded project to replace all 20 Blue Line traction power substations, which power the trains through overhead wires with modern, energy efficient substations.

So far, Metro has replaced 16 substations. The pictures are from the 17th substation at Pacific Coast Highway substation in Long Beach, meaning the project is now approximately 85% complete. Metro has perfected the site work so that the removal and replacement of each substation does not create any major disruptions to Blue Line service.

7 thoughts on “New substations being installed on the Blue Line

  1. Speaking of the Blue Line I have a question. Did MTA get the problem with the track between the Pico and Grand stations resolved yet or is it still in progress?

  2. Hi Jose,

    No, but the equipment was very old and the crew could foresee them causing problems in the future, which is why they changed them out now!

    Anna Chen
    The Source, Writer

  3. Now that the power service is improved, and hopefully delays on the Blue Line eliminated, perhaps the focus can be on GETTING RID OF THE ILLEGAL VENDORS AND PANHANDLERS on this “Metro Rail” line! I am tired of seeing candy vendors, illegal DVD/CD vendors, and verbally assertive panhandlers on every trip I take on the Blue Line! Please improve the rider experience on this train!

  4. In addition to addressing the following issues “GETTING RID OF THE ILLEGAL VENDORS AND PANHANDLERS on this “Metro Rail” line! I am tired of seeing candy vendors, illegal DVD/CD vendors, and verbally assertive panhandlers “; I hope they also address the blocking of doors (exits) loud music as well.

    Where are all the undercover officers!?!

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