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METRO Blue Line Light Rail Closures Beginning January 26, 2019

New Blue Improvements Project

The nature of the work on the Blue Line will require portions of the line to be temporarily closed for two extended four-month closures beginning January 26, 2019.

Metro has designed a Bus Shuttle Service Plan during these closures to provide customers with a variety of service options during the New Blue Improvements Project.

South Closure: Saturday, January 26 - late May 2019

The southern portion of the line from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed for four months while the northern portion of the alignment remains open.

Closed stations include:

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks (Blue Line only; Green Line remains open)

  • Compton
  • Artesia
  • Del Amo
  • Wardlow
  • Willow St
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Anaheim St
  • 5th St
  • 1st St
  • Downtown Long Beach
  • Pacific Ave 


    Blue Line Improvements Begin on January 26, 2019Plan Ahead!

    The New Blue Improvements Project is a $350 million investment to improve safety, increase reliability, and enhance your customer experience. Due to a series of state of good repair and capital improvements, the Blue Line will need to be closed for two extended four-month closures starting with the southern segment in late January.

    During the southern segment closure, the Blue Line will be out of service from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the end of the line, beginning at 4 am Saturday, January 26, 2019 to the end of May. During these closures, Metro is providing three levels of bus shuttle service  to replace rail service, see below for more information. Additionally, rail service will be maintained between 7th St/Metro Center and 103rd St/Watts Towers Station. Plan ahead and allow extra time! Rail safety ambassadors will be on site to provide details and answer questions.

     New Blue Improvements Project Community Meeting 

    7pm - 8:30pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2019Long Beach City Hall Chambers

    Metro in partnership with Long Beach Council District 1 and 2 will be hosting a forum for Metro riders to provide the latest details about the New Blue Improvements Project and distribute information about the service replacement shuttles. Please join us.

    During the New Blue Improvements three types of shuttle service will be implemented to continue to service our customers. Metro Line 860 "Express Shuttle" will connect customers from stations in downtown Long Beach to stations in downtown Los Angeles during AM and PM rush hours.

    Metro Line 861 "Select Shuttle" will connect select station along the southern segment of the blue line to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to connect to Metro Green Line and 103rd St/Watts Towers Station to connect to the in-service section of the Metro Blue Line during AM and PM rush hours.

    Metro Line 862 "Local Shuttle" will connect all impacted stations in the south segment closure to 103rd St/Watts Towers Station to connect to the in-service section of the Metro Blue Line.


    View Shuttle Options 

    New Blue Construction Notices

    Rail Service Suspension for Rail Distribution In preparation for the extended south segment station closure, the Blue Line rail service will be suspended during one weekend between Willow Station and Downtown Long Beach Station. Bus shuttles will replace rail service at impacted stations. 

    View Full Notice Online


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