On Thursday, October 24th, the Metro Shop will be hosting a Metro Blue Line Celebration and Vintage Sign Auction event, both live in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and online at https://www.accelevents.com/e/MetroBlueLine.
Participants will be able to preview the signs online at the link above or in person at Union Station from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The Blue Line is Metro’s oldest light rail line, having opened in 1990 — at the time the first transit rail line in L.A. County since the last of the streetcars was shut down in 1963. As part of Metro’s project to rename its rail and bus rapid transit lines, the Blue Line will be known as the A Line when it reopens on November 2.
As part of the New Blue Improvements Project, new signage was added to the 22-mile line. More than 300 vintage Blue Line signs that have been replaced will be auctioned to the public to preserve the cultural importance of this iconic line.
Winning bidders are responsible for picking up their signs from the Ticketing Hall by 10 AM on Friday, October 25th or arranging and paying for shipping.
The event will include a musical performance by Maria de la Vega & the Wayward Five, themed refreshments and information tables from a variety of Metro departments including Metro Arts and Design and Metro Sustainability, along with information about Metro’s line renaming project and upcoming A Line reopening events.
For questions about the auction event, please contact Devon Deming, Director of Metro Shop and Commute Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.