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L.A.'s Blue Line Reopening Soon, With a New Name

The Blue Line light rail line, connecting Los Angeles and Long Beach, is almost finished with a $350 million repair program. When it reopens to service it will be called the A Line.
October 21, 2019, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The oldest light-rail line in Los Angeles County will reopen next month with a new look and a new name," reports Laura Nelson.

The Blue Line has been in various stages of construction since the beginning of the year, as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) undertook $350 million in repairs along the line.

"When the train between Long Beach and downtown L.A. reopens Nov. 2, it will be called the A Line — the first of Metro’s rail routes to be rechristened under a naming policy approved last year," according to Nelson.

Metro replaced Blue Line service with bus service along the long route between Downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach. Bus service included a temporary bus-only lane on Flower Street just South of downtown that achieved a level of viral celebrity as an example of the benefits of bus priority over the summer.

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Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles Times
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