As part of its ongoing commitment to safety, Metro today unveiled safety improvements to 27 intersections along the Metro Blue Line.
The intersections along Los Angeles County’s first and most heavily used light rail line will be receiving new physical barriers to improve pedestrian safety, new and wider walkways and improved signage at a cost of $30 million.
The most visible improvements will be pedestrian gates and swing gates at intersections, new walkways poured with concrete instead of asphalt and accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities.
In addition to the newest safety features, in January 2014, Metro began implementing an extensive overhaul of the Metro Blue Line to replace power stations, overhead power lines, tracks and rail cars and make improvements to station platforms. Work is scheduled to continue through fiscal year 2019.
The Metro Blue Line has about 81,000 weekday boardings at 22 stations between downtown Long Beach and 7th Street/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles, where riders can transfer to the Red/Purple Line subway. The Metro Blue Line serves Los Angeles Trade Technical College, South Los Angeles — including the famed Watts Towers — and Compton. Blue Line riders can transfer to the Metro Green Line at the Willowbrook station for east-west service to Norwalk and Redondo Beach.