Blue Line will be fully operational in late October (free rides included!)

As the Blue Line approaches completion of its eight-month closure and prepares to unveil “The New Blue,” Metro Los Angeles has announced its key light rail line with be fully functional by late October.

“Thank you for your patience as we enter the home stretch of the ‘New Blue Improvements Project,'” Anna Chen of Metro stated in a public release. “The Blue Line will fully reopen in late October 2019 with new digital screens, signage, tracks, system wiring, artwork and more.”

According to Chen, construction along the northern segment—stretching from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station near Watts to the 7th/Metro station in Downtown Los Angeles—has proven more complicated, with four times as much work done in the southern portion of the project. This has led to “more extensive system testing.”

The reopening of the line will include a community celebration and free rides, though details about those benefits have yet to be finalized.

“Details on those events will arrive within the coming weeks,” Chen said.

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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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.