Upgrade work requiring the closure of Willow Street Station and Wardlow Station will continue this weekend on the Metro Blue Line. Improvements planned for the stations are similar to those completed at Artesia, including new paint, tile and audio/visual enhancements. After this weekend, one more weekend of closures will be necessary to wrap up work at Willow Street and Wardlow, and we will update with the scheduled closure dates.
Starting this Friday, Feb. 6 after 9 p.m. until close of service Sunday, Feb. 8 Willow Street and Wardlow Stations will be closed. Bus shuttles will replace rail service between Del Amo and Pacific Coast Highway Stations, departing at regular Blue Line service levels. This means southbound Blue Line trains will return north to 7th Street/Metro Center at Del Amo, and Downtown Long Beach trains will travel only as far north as PCH. Please note that work is also happening this weekend on the Green Line that will require bus shuttles to replace rail service between Aviation/LAX and Redondo Beach. For those traveling along the Blue or Green Lines, please allow extra time to make your connections.
Closure of Willow Street and Wardlow is part of the Blue Line Upgrades project, a $1.2-billion overhaul including station improvements, track replacement/refurbishment, and even, eventually, new rail cars. Some of the upgrades have already been completed at Anaheim Street, PCH, Artesia and in the Long Beach Loop, and will continue to move north along the Blue Line as 2015 unfolds.
As construction can be a dynamic process, please check back here at The Source, or follow us @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts for the latest Blue Line service updates. Finally, a big thank you to all affected customers for their patience as we undertake this essential improvement work for better Blue Line service.