Metro Board to consider $81-million contract for Blue Line track and signal upgrades

Update: this item was pushed to the Metro Board’s June agenda. The Board of Directors approved the contract at their June meeting. 

One of the more important items going to the Metro Board this month: a proposed $81-million contract for Blue Line track, electronics and signaling upgrades with Mass Electric Construction Co./Parsons.

The Metro staff report to the Board is above (pdf here).

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Among the work would be the addition of four locations where Blue Line trains could switch tracks (called ‘interlockings’ in transit speak). That makes it much easier for more trains to get around locations where maintenance work is taking place and other service issues (a train with mechanical problems, for example).

Bottom line: less delays getting where you’re going.

This is one of several projects that has been taking place to upgrade the Blue Line, which is Metro’s second-longest (22 miles) and oldest (it opened in July 1990) light rail line — and also its busiest, with about 70,000 average weekday boardings at last count (ridership stats here). Metro is also in the process of replacing old rail cars on the Blue Line with new ones.

9 replies

  1. Mr fine7760, I was going to say that exactly. Why again? Sounds like our transit taxes wasted again…

  2. “…which is Metro’s longest (22 miles) and oldest (it opened in July 1990) light rail line”

    Maybe at one time it was the longest, but the Gold Line is longer than that now.

    • You sir are absolutely 100 percent correct! Thanks for heads up and I’ll fix that now.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  3. All that work during the past year on the Blue Line and now they are proposing more. Reeks of the two 405 projects where new construction on the first project was demolished for the second project one year later.

    • sounds awfully a lot like the political bs necessary to navigate through such projects. If only people could approve big projects at once, instead of being so scared of change we dose them with it in little bits. 😛

  4. How about they make the Washington turns (near LATTC and Washington station) and Pico separated from traffic. That would make the blue line so much speedier

  5. Always good to see Metro making investments in existing infrastructure and expanding the public transportation systems that it oversees.