A Better Blue Line: last week of work during Long Beach Loop closure

Work on the Metro Blue Line tracks along 1st Street in downtown Long Beach is starting to wrap up, and as you can see in the photos below just the finishing touches are left to be done on the stations. Metro would like to thank everyone for their patience this past month while the upgrades were completed.

The Long Beach Loop will reopen for the Blue with the start of service on Monday, October 20. However, expect upcoming weekend closures as work on the Blue Line progresses north. We will have more details posted on Monday.

A Better Blue Line: we’re in the home stretch, folks

Work on the four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations and the tracks along 1st Street is nearing completion. Below are some photos from the work done during week 3 of the closure. The Long Beach Loop is scheduled to be reopened with the start of service on Monday, October 20.

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A Better Blue Line: canopy installation and other work from week two

Work at the four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations is coming along nicely. Everything is on schedule and the Long Beach Loop is still set to reopen on October 19.

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A Better Blue Line: more photos, work update

Work on the Blue Line in downtown Long Beach is progressing on schedule. Here are some more photos of what’s been taking place.

For those taking transit to Long Beach Comic-Con or other Long Beach events this weekend: the four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations are closed for repair and other work. Transfer from the Blue Line at Anaheim Street Station to a free shuttle bus serving the downtown Long Beach rail stations.

Blue Line closure alert poster

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A Better Blue Line: major construction right off the bat

Major construction work on the Blue Line in downtown Long Beach began this past weekend. Here are a few photos of the tracks on 1st Street being removed. Work on the tracks and the four closed stations will continue until October 19. For more information on the closure and the Blue Line bus shuttles, see this previous post. We’ll have more updates as the project progresses.

A Better Blue Line: 30-day closure of four DTLB Blue Line Stations starts tomorrow

Blue Line shuttle buses headsigns.

Blue Line shuttle buses headsigns.

This is it, folks: the 30-day closure of four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations starts Saturday, September 20. During the closure, bus shuttles will replace train service at Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station.

Anaheim to DTLB Closure

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Customers will be able to ride the bus shuttles from Anaheim Street Station to the four stations listed above at no charge. Shuttles will run at the same Blue Line service levels and will be scheduled to meet trains for transfers. At Anaheim Street Station, regular train service will continue northward to Los Angeles.

Buses in Long Beach will be detouring off 1st Street to Ocean Avenue during the closure. First Street will be closed from Long Beach Boulevard to Pacific Avenue during construction. Pedestrian and bicycle access on 1st Street will remain open.

The press release from Metro is after the jump.

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A Better Blue Line: 30-day closure of four DTLB Blue Line Stations start next week

Anaheim to DTLB Closure

The 30-day closure of four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations is set to start Saturday, September 20. During that time, bus shuttles will replace train service at Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station. Above is the route map showing where the buses will stop.

Customers will be able to ride the bus shuttles from Anaheim Street Station to the four stations listed above at no charge. Shuttles will run at the same Blue Line service levels and will be scheduled to meet trains for transfers. At Anaheim Street Station, regular train service will continue northward to Los Angeles. Continue reading