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The A Line is back in service between Downtown Long Beach and Downtown Los Angeles

Monday November 04, 2019

Rapper and multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dog today joined the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Chief Executive Officer Phillip A. Washington along with Metro Board Members and local elected officials to celebrate the reopening of the A Line (Blue) with ribbon cutting ceremonies, community celebrations and the start of three days of free rides to welcome back passengers to Metro’s oldest and busiest light rail line.

The A Line is reopening after the completion of the $350-million New Blue Improvements Project's northern segment between 7th St/Metro Center and Compton Station. The project brings Metro’s oldest rail line up to specifications of Metro’s newer rail lines and is intended to enhance the customer experience for Metro riders.

“Metro’s A Line is back up and running between Long Beach and Los Angeles and this vital work ensures that riders will have a more reliable and pleasant trip,” said Metro Board Chair and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts. “The work over the past nine months hasn’t been easy and we appreciate everyone’s patience. We believe strongly that this work will improve the quality of your commute.”

The improvements to the A Line increase reliability with four new crossover switches, an upgraded train control system, a new overhead power system and in some sections new rail tracks. Station upgrades included new IxNTouch information screens that will help riders navigate the Metro system, new station identifiers and wayfinding signage, refreshed paint and landscaping and new digital artwork.

“Metro’s State of Good Repair program improves the transit lines and equipment that we already have and allows us to offer quality service to all communities in the Los Angeles region and especially for people who are transit-dependent, ” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “This work will allow the A Line to deliver a high-quality transit experience for many decades to come.”

The A Line is the first rail line to employ Metro’s new naming convention in which all rail and bus rapid transit lines will be designated with letters and colors. The new naming convention is designed to make the agency’s growing system easier to navigate.

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station

The rail platform for the A Line at the busy Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will also reopen on Nov. 2 with access to the Green Line platform. The station has been closed since late January while undergoing a major renovation. Work will continue on the project after the station platform reopens.

Bus Shuttles

The local and select bus shuttle service that Metro provided during the entire New Blue Improvements Project ended on Friday, Nov. 1. However, the Metro Board of Directors approved a new pilot bus line, 456, to continue providing peak hour express service between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles for a six-month pilot.

The new bus line 456 will run on weekdays with four northbound morning trips from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles and six southbound evening trips from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach. Service will begin on Monday, Nov. 4, from Long Beach between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and from 7th St/Metro Center to Long Beach between 4:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Base fares will be $2.50, which is the same as other Metro express lines that use the freeway. 

About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries about 1.2 million boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and six rail lines.                                                                                      

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