Photo by Brian Addison.
As Metro’s Blue Line continues through its six-year long, $1.2B rehab, the transit authority announced an eight-month long closure will take place next year to continue improvements, broken into two, four-month segments.
The first of the closures, taking place in January of 2019, will be along the southern stretch of the line from its DTLB hub to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station. The northern segment, scheduled for closure beginning in May of 2019, will stretch from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks to 7th/Metro. The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station will be closed for the entirety of the eight months as it undergoes its $66M overhaul.
Upgrades include four new switches, meaning that trains can move between tracks in more locations; signal system upgrades; improvements to the Washington-Flower junction of the Blue and Expo Line; overhead wire refurbishment; continued rail replacement in DTLB following the 30-day closure back in 2014; and power system upgrades.
(And, admittedly, creates a brief pain-in-the-ass for the 90,000 daily riders that use it.)
As for how it will directly affect transiters, Metro’s Steve Hymon assures that customers need not take action now but definitely need to be prepared and aware of new information about the extensive closure.
“We want to give everyone a heads-up as early as possible that major work is coming and that we continue to strive to improve the Blue Line,” Hymon said. “As we get closer to the work, we’ll be releasing information about bus shuttles that will be replacing train trips. We will be offering a variety of shuttles to meet short, medium and end-to-end trips as part of an effort to minimize inconvenience to our customers as much as possible.”
For more details, you can view the presentation (Item 25) given at Metro Board of Director’s System Safety, Security and Operations Committee last week.