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

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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

Service Advisory: 30-day closure of four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations start Sept. 20

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A reminder: Metro will start work on station and rail improvements on four Blue Line stations in Long Beach starting Saturday, September 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station. Metro will operate free bus shuttles in place of rail service in the Long Beach Loop during the closure.

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.

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A better Blue Line: 30-day closure of four Blue Line stations in Long Beach to begin Sept. 20

The track switch near Downtown Long Beach Station will be moved so trains can run more reliably. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The track switch near Downtown Long Beach Station will be moved and renewed so trains can run more reliable service. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Heads up, Blue Line commuters: Metro will start work on station and rail improvements in Long Beach on Saturday, September 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of four Blue Line stations in downtown Long Beach: Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station. Metro will operate free bus shuttles in place of rail service in the Long Beach Loop during the closure.

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.

Work at the four Long Beach stations will include installing new tile, lighting, paint and extending station canopies. Other work will involve replacing a switch between tracks near Downtown Long Beach Station and rail inspection and replacement.

The work is part of the $1.2-billion overhaul taking place on the Metro Blue Line. Some of the updates have already been completed and many others, including major track improvement work, are now underway. Metro will make every effort to minimize disruptions to service while work is being done, but in this case, some disruption is inevitable. While dealing with any kind of service disruption can be a huge headache, please keep in mind that when the work is completed, the Blue Line should have more reliable service.

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.

We will continue to update The Source with more information on the project as it progresses. You can also check the Blue Line Upgrades page for rail alerts or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts to get service advisories.

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Service Advisory: Blue Line to run every 40 minutes between DTLA-Willowbrook tomorrow night

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On Thursday night after 8:30 p.m., the Metro Blue Line will again run every 40 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Willowbrook Station due to essential track maintenance that is part of the ongoing Blue Line improvement project.

Trains will serve the remainder of the Blue Line, between Willowbrook and Long Beach, every 20 minutes after 8:30 p.m. This means every other northbound train will turn around at Willowbrook Station, and its destination sign will either display “Willowbrook” or “Imperial.” Customers should expect all trains continuing to 7th Street/Metro Center to arrive on the Downtown L.A.-bound track between Vernon and Willowbrook Station.

The Expo Line will not be impacted by the track work and will follow a regular Friday evening schedule, departing every 10 minutes.

For Blue Line departure times from 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Long Beach Station, please refer to Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note these times may be subject to work-related delays.

For those commuting between Downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday evening, an alternative option is the Metro Silver or Green Line. Extra buses will run on the Silver Line after 9 p.m. on Thursday night, increasing the level of service to every 20 minutes. At Harbor Freeway Station, Green Line trains will follow the regular evening schedule, departing every 20 minutes.

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A Better Blue Line: test demonstration of track work in downtown Long Beach to start June 9

Fresh out of the paint shop, this rail car is refurbished inside and out. Next stop: components overhaul or replacement.

Fresh out of the paint shop, this rail car is refurbished inside and out. Next stop: components overhaul or replacement.

As part of the ongoing work to upgrade and refurbish the Blue Line, a test demonstration of work on the rail tracks will take place in the downtown Long Beach area from Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 20. Regular train service will NOT be affected.

This work is being done as a test operation in preparation for the major work on the tracks to start later this year. The work includes lifting of the track, insertion of rubber boots and use of asphalt grinders. Residents or anyone traveling in the area near 8th Street and Pacific Avenue are asked to stay away for safety reasons.

Work activity is subject to weather conditions. Emergency access will be maintained. For more information on the Blue Line upgrades, visit metro.net/bluelineupgrades.

A Better Blue Line: trains to run every 20 minutes between DTLA and Long Beach after 7 p.m. this Friday

A Metro Blue Line train at Pico Station. Photo by Andrew Hart via flickr.

A Metro Blue Line train at Pico Station. Photo by Andrew Hart via Flickr Creative Commons.

Due to track improvement work, Blue Line trains will run every 20 minutes between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach after 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23.

The work will require trains to share one track between Vernon and Florence Station. This means all serving the Vernon, Slauson and Florence stations will board on the Long Beach-bound side of the platform.

Plan your trip this Friday evening with Blue Line departure times from 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Long Beach Station on Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note these times may be subject to work-related delays. For up-to-the-minute rail alerts, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts. Regular service will resume with the start of service on Saturday morning.

In January 2013, Metro announced a $1.2 billion overhaul for the Metro Blue Line, and this Friday’s track improvement work is part of that effort. Crews will be refurbishing an existing crossover so that trains can safely switch from one track to another. To get a sense of the many aspects of the Blue Line overhaul, click here or check the Blue Line Upgrades page.

Thank you for your patience as Metro works to improve the line.

A Better Blue Line: Blue Line to run every 40 min between DTLA and Willowbrook tonight

Essential track maintenance will continue on a key crossover of the Metro Blue Line tonight. After 8 p.m., trains will again run every 40 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Willowbrook Station, and will serve the remainder of the Blue Line, between Willowbrook and Long Beach, every 20 minutes.

This means every other northbound train will turn around at Willowbrook Station, and its destination sign departing Downtown Long Beach will read either “Willowbrook” or “Imperial.” Customers should expect all trains to arrive on the Downtown L.A.-bound track between Vernon and Willowbrook stations. Expo Line will be unaffected by the track work and will follow a regular Friday evening schedule, departing every 10 minutes.

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