Metro Blue Line to reopen Nov. 2 with a new name

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Three days of free rides will celebrate the reopening of Metro’s oldest railway, but don’t bother looking for the Blue Line. Metro’s oldest, currently in the final stages of an eight-month, $350 million renovation project, will be the first to sport new Metro Rail and Bus Rapid Transit Lines naming conventions.

Now known as the A Line, the new and improved line will offer passengers three days of free rides from Saturday Nov. 2 throughout Monday, Nov. 4. Latest improvements include new tracks and switches, digital screens and artwork, and renovated stations.

According to Metro, other rail and busway lines will retain their existing names until next year, when the Crenshaw/LAX Line opens.

The switch to letters is being implemented to accommodate the growing rail system, in light of the relatively limited selection of colors that can be used to designate lines.

The soon-to-be A Line opened in 1990 and stretches 22 miles between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“The A Line is a lifeline for the many diverse communities between Los Angeles and Long Beach who rely on reliable rail service to help them reach jobs, school, family and other vital destinations in our region,” Inglewood Mayor and Metro board chairman James Butts  said in a statement.

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