Metro A Line, formerly the Blue Line, will be fully operational Nov. 2 (with three days of free rides)

As the A Line (formerly the Blue Line) approaches completion of its length closure and prepares to unveil its full upgrades, Metro Los Angeles has announced its key light rail line will officially reopen Nov. 2.

According to Steve Hymon of Metro, they will also be offering three days of free rides—Saturday, Nov. 2; Sunday, Nov. 3; and Monday, Nov. 4—so everyone can experience the refurbished line, which includes “four new switches and new tracks that will reduce service interruptions and extend the life of the line” along with “enhanced safety through an upgraded train control system and new overhead power system.”

Additionally, Metro will hold three sequential community celebrations on Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Seventh Street/Metro Center station at The Bloc, the Compton Station, and the Downtown Long Beach Station.

In their original announcement, Metro stated they would have the A Line open by late October was pushed back due to construction complications along the northern segment—stretching from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station near Watts to the 7th/Metro station in Downtown Los Angeles—with four times as much work done in the southern portion of the project. This has led to “more extensive system testing.”

To view the breakdown of the expenditure plan for the “New Blue,” click here.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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