A Better Blue Line: taking a look at some station improvements

As work at Artesia Station continues, let’s take a look at some of the other Blue Line stations that have already undergone renovations, including Anaheim Street Station, PCH Station and those in the Long Beach Loop.  The work is all part of the Blue Line Upgrades project, a $1.2-billion overhaul including station improvements, track replacement/refurbishment and eventually, new rail cars.

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  1. Good to improve stations. I have question though. Why hasn’t the McArthur Park Red Line station been improved? The gross looking dirty water stained station walls look terrible. Why not fix that?

    • The cleaning and maintenance of the subways stations is an ongoing project that has been in effect for the past few years.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

      • I think in 2009 they actually did, but it only lasted about a year. They recently brightened that station as well with light changes. Its one of the older stations in the system; up there with the Blue Line Stations. There is an obvious difference between say the eastern part of the system, and the western parts of the system.

    • The entire station was fully re-planted few months ago. Landscaping, sod, mulch was added but to answer your questions, a lot of transients occupy the station (street level especially) so needless to say, they leave behind a mess. I see what I see during the day-time, can only imagine who shows up in the middle of the night.

  2. The problem with LA Metro is that they have yet to understand that reflective interiors do wonders to make the stations look nicer and prettier.

    Compare LA Metro subway stations with their drab use of materials that aren’t reflective
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Ansaldobreda_A650.jpg

    versus other cities that use reflective materials on their walls and floorings that allow more light to be reflected, creating a more cleaner, brighter look

    http://lametthesource.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/331052629_37cb40f9ab_b2.jpg

    White reflects light, darker colors do not. Subways are dark. Duh, use more reflective material.

  3. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE NEW LIGHTS UNDER AND AT THE FIRESTONE BLUELINE STATION BUT WHE NCAN FIRESTONE STATION PLEASE GET NEW CANOPYS AND COVERS AND WHEN WILL THE BLUELINE AND GREEN LINE TRAINS INSIDE AND OUT GET A NEW CLEANER LOOK OR NEW TRAINS ESPECIALLY SINCE ITS THE OLDEST AND FIRST RAIL TRAIN OUT OF ALL THE OTHERS BUT ALL THE OTHERS LIKE THE GOLD LINE HAS NEW TRAINS INSTEAD OF IT BEING DIRTY AND HAVING ALOTS OF TRASH ON THE FLOORS INSIDE OF TEH TRAIN AND CAN WE PLEASE COVER UP ALL THE GRAFFITTI AT THE FIRESTONE STATIONS AND FLORENCE STATION AND OTHER STATIONS AND WHEN WILL FIRESTONE GET NEW DECAL AS WELL AND HOPEFULLY SOME GREENERY AT IT OR AROUND IT AND SOME MORE SECURITY AT IT SO WE WONT HAVE PAN HANDLERS AND HOMELESS PEOPLE AT THE STATION OR SLEEPING IN THE ELEVATOR AND PLEASE HELP KEEP THE FIRESTONE ELEVATOR CLEAN AND STOP HAVING PEOPLE USE THE ELEVATOR AS A RESTROOM OR CONSTANTLY BREAKING THE GLASS OF THE ELEVATOR AND IS THER EA WAY OF PUTTING SOME STAIRS OR A ELEVATOR ON THE OOTHER SIDE THE NORTH SIDE OF FIRESTONE STATION SO THAT PASSENGERS WHO ARE TRYING TO CATCH THE WESTBOUND 115 BUS DONT HAVE TO RISK THERE LIVES RUNNING ACROSS RED LIGHTS OR OUT IN FRONT OF TRAFFIC TO CATCH THE WESTBOUND 115 BUSES AND ALSO IS THER EA WAY OF BRING THE DOUBLE OR EXTENDED BUSES TO THE 115 BUS LINE SO THAT WE CAN PLEASE DEAL WITH THE OVER CROWDING ON THAT BUS LINE THAT HAPPENS AT MANY DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY AND OR NIGHT OR AT LEAST BRINGING BACK THE RAPID BUS 715 OR EXPRESS BUS 315 TO HELP DEAL WITH THAT SITUATION PLEASE,AND CAN YOU PLEASE BRING A NEW BUS ROUTE ALONG ALAMEDA STREET THAT CAN OR WILL RUN FROM LONG BEACH TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES OR FURTHER NORTH OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ALONG ALAMEDA STREET AND WILL THERE EVER BE NORE THAN JUST THE 115 BUS LINE THAT RUNS TO OR COMES TO THE FIRESTONE STATION OR CAN THE FIRESTONE/MANCHESTER GET A DASH BUS

  4. Many Blue Line passengers transfer to the Green Line at Rosa Parks. When, oh when will something be done to protect the ears of passengers from the road noise coming from the 105 Freeway. The status quo with no sound protection (e.g. wall) is such an assault on the senses and shows such little respect for the passengers.

  5. this appears to be a moaning session so let me add mine to the chorus: please , please , please reduce the number of recorded announcements on red and purple line trains. It means you can’t read, think, relax, talk, or do any of the things that makes riding the trains a more dignified way to spend your time than driving. This is my only complaint about Metro. Please. Oh yes, and we need better HVAC on the trains; air is very stale compared to other transit systems. Thank you.