Construction concludes on southern Blue Line improvements, while northern stations to close


The southern section of the Metro Blue Line will reopen Saturday following four months of renovation work.

But don’t hold your breath for an easier commute just yet.

The northern section from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks in Compton to 7th St/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles will be closed starting Saturday, also for renovation.

The closure is expected to last until late September, according to Metro’s official blog. The Expo Line will also close during that period between 7th St/Metro Center and Pico Station. Service on the Green, Red and Purple Lines will not be affected, however, despite sharing stops with the Blue Line.

Work on the Blue Line projects will cost $350 million when it’s finally finished.

“The idea is to reduce the number of delays and make the Blue Line far more reliable than it has been in recent years,” Metro representative Anna Chen said.

Upgrades will include an updated overhead power system, general station improvements, new train control bungalows, new digital customer information panels and fresh landscaping.

As they did during work on the southern section, bus shuttles will carry passengers between Compton Station and 7th St/Metro Center. Local Shuttle (864) will stop at all stations that are out of service, while Select Shuttle (863) will provide faster service between Compton, the Green Line at Harbor Freeway Station, Manchester-Firestone, Slauson and 7th St/Metro Center. Additionally, Local Shuttle (856) will stop at 7th St/Metro Center, Pico and LATTC/Ortho Institute Stations on the Expo Line.


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