Metro’s 22-mile rail line from Downtown LA to Long Beach will fully reopen Saturday with celebrations emceed by Snoop Dogg.
What was once known as the Blue Line will henceforth be known as the A Line—but will anyone really call it that?—and the trip will be 5 minutes faster.
To mark the reopening, Metro will hold three simultaneous community celebrations at different locations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with three sequential press conferences hosted by Snoop Dogg. The Long Beach Post reports the LBC native will appear at the Downtown LA press event, to be held at The Bloc. Those partying in Long Beach will be able to watch him via live screens.
The A Line will reopen after a 10-month closure and a $350-million renovation, according to Metro. Among the many upgrades are new digital kiosks at all stations, already in place on the southernmost section of the line, which reopened in June.
“We are excited that Metro’s oldest light rail line will be back in service between Los Angeles and Long Beach and we want to thank our customers for their patience during the modernization work this year,” Inglewood Mayor and Metro board chair James T. Butts said in a statement.
Ain't nothin' but an "A" thang, baby— Militant Angeleno (@militantangleno) October 30, 2019
One bling'ed out transit line that's crazy
Metro is the agency that paid me
TAP to ride it, so please don't try to evade this@metrolosangeles x @SnoopDogg https://t.co/keBWVY817w
The revamped line will also shave a few minutes off commuters’ trips, thanks to new tracks, switches, and other improvements. Trains will run every 6 minutes during peak hours, and make the end-to-end journey in a zippy 53 minutes. The previous travel time was 58 minutes.
Also reopening November 2, even though its own renovation isn’t quite finished, is the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station, where passengers connect to the Green Line. That station will be complete next summer.
During the shutdown, passengers bypassed the construction with a series of free shuttles that were extremely popular, thanks to a temporary bus-only lane on Flower Street. Metro is planning to keep the bus lane in place through March of 2020.
The A Line is the first of Metro’s rail lines to be rechristened as part of a new naming convention that will eventually convert what are mostly color names to letter names.
In addition to the community celebrations set for November 2, Metro will also give free rides on the A Line from November 2 to November 4.