L.A. Metro has celebrated the re-opening of the Blue Line, renamed the A Line, after a USD 350-million improvement project on the 7th St/Metro Center – Compton section, linking Downtown Long Beach and Downtown Los Angeles.
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 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 programme 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 Washington.
Under the project, stations have been upgraded with new paint, new landscaping, new signs and interactive digital screens with real-time arrival information, maps, service alerts and other info that should be helpful to riders. The screens will be added to the rest of the rail and BRT system over the next few years.
Currently, the agency is renaming its rail and bus rapid transit lines with letters and colors to make it easier for riders to navigate within the transit system.