Metro Rail Blue Line

Los Angeles, CA

Heading back toward Union Station on the heavy rail Red Line, I decided to sample the city's light rail offerings.

The Blue Line was the initial rebirth of rail transit in the city, opening in 1990 at a cost of $877 million. The line shares corridors with freight lines, but does not share freight tracks and actually flies over them at various points along the route. The line serves 22 stations on 22 miles of track from Metro Center / 7th Street to downtown Long Beach. On the day I took it, the trip required 55 minutes each way.

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Nippon Sharyo rollin stock - 1989
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Metro Center station
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Parked container cars
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Parked container cars
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Crossing lights
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Compton
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Compton
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Concrete ties
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Crystal casino
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Los Angeles River
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Long Beach Transit Mall
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Long Beach Transit Mall
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Long Beach Transit Mall
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Truck with track brakes
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Catenary
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Tracks turning down Pacific Avenue
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Long Beach Transit Mall
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Towers in Long Beach
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Tracks turning back north on Long Beach Boulevard
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Blue Line yard near the Los Angeles River
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Fresh driver waiting at the yard
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Flying over freight rail track
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Turning down Washington Boulevard
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Metro Rail Blue Line
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Construction reveals ballast and ties that will be covered with asphalt
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Ballast and ties
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Staples Center
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Crossover at Metro Center / 7th terminus
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Coupler
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Silver Line ad
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