Snoop Dogg to serve as emcee for reopening of Metro’s A Line (formerly the Blue Line)

Long Beach native and rapper Snoop Dogg will act as emcee for the Metro’s newly minted A Line (formerly the Blue Line) when the light rail formally re-opens to full functionality on Nov. 2.

Snoop Dogg will be appearing at the Downtown Los Angeles—not Long Beach—press event, but those visiting the celebration in Long Beach will be able to watch him via live screens.

The first press conference begins promptly at 11 a.m. in Downtown Los Angeles at The Bloc adjacent to the Seventh Street/Metro Center station; this is where Snoop will appear. The second press event will take place at approximately 11:24 a.m. at the Watts Historic Train Station adjacent to the 103rd St/Watts Towers Station at Graham Avenue and 103rd Street. The third press event will take place at approximately 11:44 a.m. in Long Beach at the Promenade. Each ceremony will last 15 to 20 minutes.

The celebration will also include 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,” according to Steve Hymon of Metro.

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.
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