Restyled train car rolls out!

Side view of the new paint and decal styling designed by Metro Creative Services, including “Metro” supergraphics and yellow dot patterns conveying motion and Southern California sunlight. Nighttime and daytime train visibility has been greatly enhanced.

Side view of the new paint and decal styling designed by Metro Creative Services, including “Metro” supergraphics and yellow dot patterns conveying motion and Southern California sunlight. Nighttime and daytime train visibility has been greatly enhanced.

As reported last week, a “mocked up” Metro rail vehicle with new styling and graphics designed by Metro Creative Services is rolling through the Blue and Expo Line this week to test its performance. Car 148 left the Blue Line yard on its maiden voyage this afternoon. Have you seen it?

On display are bold reflective yellow markings and white super-graphics overlaid onto painted cool greys intended to create a safer and more attractive vehicle.

The distinctive styling and graphics have been applied to a Nippon Sharyo P2020 car (used on the Blue and Expo Lines), but are intended for the entire rail fleet. Slight variations and tweaks may occur until the styling is perfected and agreed to by Metro department stakeholders for both operational maintenance and aesthetics.

Learn more and view photos of the designs here.

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  1. Gray is NOT the most drab color–that would be brown. Remember the opening scene of “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”–with its New Haven Railroad electric commuter train–pretty neat I think. Brown on the other hand brings to mind the ill-fitting Cold War suits of Boris & Co. the commissars of the local Soviet Embassy. Thank you Metro Art Dept. for at least not “Going Brown”!

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