The Metro Blue Line will undergo a $350 million modernization beginning in January, necessitating that portions of the line be temporarily closed for two extended four-month periods, Metro announced Wednesday.
Work to modernize the Blue Line, which is Metro’s oldest rail line at 28 years old, has been ongoing since 2014, and the upcoming “New Blue” project will improve reliability, enhance safety and improve the customer experience, Metro officials said.
In addition to the closures, Blue Line service to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be closed for eight months and the station will be rebuilt as part of the project. During the closure, Green Line service is scheduled to operate normally at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station.
Work on the Blue Line will include improvements to the signaling, tracks and the overhead wires that deliver electricity to trains, according to Metro, and four new crossover tracks will be built to reduce service interruptions. A number of station improvements are also slated to be part of the project, including new digital map cases, signage, paint and landscaping.
From next January through May, rail service is scheduled to be suspended from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the Downtown Long Beach Station and replaced by Metro bus shuttles, but the Blue Line will continue running between the 7th St/Metro Center and 103rd St/Watts Towers Station.
From May to September of next year, rail service is scheduled to be suspended from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the 7th St/Metro Center and replaced by bus shuttles, but the Blue Line will continue running between the Compton Station and the Downtown Long Beach Station and Red and Purple Line service will operate normally at the 7th St/Metro Center.