And here’s the video showing the first new Kinkisharyo train on the Blue Line in May:
As we posted a couple months ago, the oldest rail cars on the Blue Line — the Nippon Sharyo P865s — will be replaced with the new Kinkisharyo P3010 cars to enhance passenger service and improve vehicle reliability and maintainability.
Most of the old P865 cars will be dismantled for parts, beginning with car #105 shown above getting a tow earlier this week. Some will be used for ceremonial displays and others will be sent to educational institutions for training. The rest will be scrapped.
The P865 rail cars have been in service since 1990, when the Blue Line opened between downtown Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles. The Blue Line was the first rail transit line in our region since the demise of the streetcars in the L.A. area in 1963.
Each of the 67 old rail cars was named after a city or community along or near the Blue Line. The first car carried the number 100 and was named after Long Beach. In February, car 105 with the name of “Bell” — for the city of Bell — was the first to be taken out of service and dismantled for parts.
In July, two more cars will also be retired from service. Four cars a month will then be retired beginning in August.
The Kinkisharyo trains debuted last year on the Gold Line and then the Expo Line. The Kinkisharyo P3010 cars are manufactured in Japan and then assembled at a Kinkisharyo facility in Palmdale under a contract approved by the Metro Board of Directors in August 2012.
In January 2014, Metro announced a $1.2 billion overhaul of the Blue Line. The multiyear program aimed to bolster reliability, comfort and safety by replacing electrical equipment, overhead wires, tracks and rail cars. Stations have also been refurbished.
The Blue Line remains the busiest of Metro’s four light rail lines and has averaged about 70,000 weekday boardings in 2017. Metro’s Blue Line has 22 stations between downtown Long Beach and the 7th Street/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles, where it connects with the Red/Purple Line subway and the Expo Line. The Metro Blue Line serves Los Angeles Trade Technical College, the famed Watts Towers and connects to the Metro Green Line at the Willowbrook station.
Here’s the full news release with quotes from elected officials. Oh, and a little Hello/Goodbye…