Thank you for your patience as we enter the home stretch of the New Blue Improvements Project. The Blue Line will fully reopen in late October 2019 with new digital screens, signage, tracks, system wiring, artwork and more. Construction along the northern segment is almost complete with train testing to follow. The northern section of the line had four times as much work done in comparison to the southern segment and requires more extensive system testing.
Metro would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our riders for their patience during the service closures and construction, which began in late January. The reopening of the line will include a community celebration and free rides! More details on that to come, so please stay tuned.
The New Blue Improvements Project is a part of Metro’s State of Good Repair initiative to keep our transit assets in good working order while substantially upgrading the overall transit system to provide more reliability and reduce breakdowns and mechanical issues. In addition to replacing tracks and upgrading train control and overhead power systems, the $350-million project includes four new crossover tracks/switches that will help reduce service interruptions for customers. The busy Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station is also being completely renovated with new amenities.
Metro has spent the better part of 2019 upgrading the Blue Line’s infrastructure. The Blue Line is Metro’s oldest (it opened in 1990) and historically busiest light rail line. The New Blue Improvements Project is designed to keep the Blue Line running well for at least another three decades and will improve the customer experience.
For more information about the New Blue Improvements Project, please visit metro.net/newblue.