A few months ago, Metro announced a $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 getting underway. Metro will make every effort to minimize disruptions to service while work is being done, but as you may have noticed, it’s inevitable some service will be affected.
While dealing with any kind of service disruption is a huge pain in the rear, please keep in mind that once the project is finished, the Blue Line will be better than ever. The end goal is more reliable, frequent service.
We will continually 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.
Keep reading after the jump to get an idea of what’s being improved.
- rail replacement from Willow to Downtown Long Beach
- improved insulation of rail
- addition of pedestrian gates and warning devices at crossings
- replacement and upgrading of overhead catenary system (overhead wires) in downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach areas, improvements will also support future Regional Connector
- refurbishment of stations, including platforms and canopies
- replacement of station lighting with more reliable, efficient LEDs
- replacement of train control system
- addition of four new crossovers (signals system)
- replacement of message boards with LCD displays
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