This Weekend: Bus shuttles replace Blue Line between Florence-Compton due to upgrade work


Customers board and await their train at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station on the Metro Blue Line. Photo by David Wilson/Flickr CC.

Upgrade work continues at the Metro Blue Line’s Willowbrook/Rosa Parks, 103rd Street/Watts Towers and Firestone stations this weekend. All told, two additional weekends, Apr. 17-19 and 24-26, will be required before work at the stations is finished. Planned improvements are similar to those completed at other Blue Line stations, including new canopies, paint, tile and audio/visual enhancements.

The following service changes will be in affect on the Metro Blue Line as work occurs this weekend. Friday, Apr. 10 after 9 p.m. through Sunday, Apr. 12 close of service, bus shuttles will replace rail service between Florence and Compton Station. This means southbound Blue Line trains will return north to 7th Street/Metro Center at Florence, and trains originating in Downtown Long Beach Station will travel only as far north as Compton. Customers wishing to travel between Florence and Compton Station will need to board Metro bus shuttles (marked as “Blue Line Shuttle”) in order to do so. Please note that owing to the extended distance in bus shuttles, extra time will be required for trips between Florence and Compton.

For those traveling between the Green Line and Downtown L.A., transferring to the Silver Line at Harbor Fwy/I-105 Station will be a faster alternate route than connecting at Willowbrook Station.

However, please note that Silver Line/Harbor Transit Way Rosecrans Station will be closed this Saturday from  8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Silver Line and Line 55 buses will bypass the station. Shuttle buses will run between Harbor Fwy/I-105 and Rosecrans stations for customers wishing to disembark or connect to the HOV at Rosecrans. 

Customers will also want to be aware of changes to Metro Blue and Expo Line service levels this weekend. These changes can additionally be found on our Planned Service Advisories page on

To begin, this Friday after 8:30 p.m. through close of service, Blue Line will run every 10 minutes between 7th St/Metro Center and Florence, and every 15 minutes between Compton and Downtown Long Beach Station. Expo Line will operate every 10 minutes until close, beginning at approximately 8 p.m., but trains will not arrive at stations in accordance with their regularly-scheduled times.

Saturday, open to close of service, Blue Line trains will run every 18 minutes between 7th St/Metro Center and Florence, and every 15 minutes between Compton and Downtown Long Beach Station. Expo Line trains will arrive every 12 minutes throughout the service day.

On Sunday, for the entire service day, Blue Line will operate every 18 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Florence, and every 15 minutes between Compton and Downtown Long Beach, with Expo Line again running every 12 minutes from open to close.

Many are already aware that adjustments to Blue Line service this year have been, and will continue to be, necessary for the completion 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 stations between Compton and the Long Beach Loop, and will continue to move north along the Blue Line throughout 2015. The estimated wrap-up date for the entire project is sometime this fall.

That being said, Metro recognizes that these service changes can be a nuisance, and would like to say thank you to all affected customers. The end goal to keep in mind is a safer, more reliable, and re-vamped Metro Blue Line for years to come.

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.