The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) took advantage
of Metro Blue Line station temporary closures in Downtown Long
Beach to perform ground maintenance. Metro began a major renovation
project in the area Sept. 20; regular Blue Line service will resume
the morning of Monday, Oct. 20.
"We timed this beautification project to be as efficient as
possible, so we could enhance our Downtown with the least amount of
inconvenience to residents and commuters," Mayor Robert Garcia
“These improvements along the Blue Line are making Long Beach
look even better and more appealing to residents, businesses and
visitors,” Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said.
“We are not only maintaining our transportation corridors,
we're upgrading them and making them more sustainable,”
Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez said.
PRM Maintenance staff removed dead plants, trimmed palm trees,
restored and adjusted irrigation systems, and worked with Metro to
approve a plant palette for new shrubbery to complement existing
drought tolerant landscaping and fill in several un-landscaped
sections. The PRM improvements are concentrated along the center
medians on Long Beach Boulevard, from Eighth Street to First
Metro temporary closed the First Street, Fifth Street, Pacific
Avenue and the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations for a
renovation project that includes new tile, rail replacement,
lighting, paint, new landscaping and extended station
Free bus service has been linking the four temporary closed
stations with the Anaheim Street Station, and train service has
continued northward to Los Angeles from the Anaheim Street Station.
Temporarily closing the stations simultaneously sped up the
upgrades to restore service as soon as possible. The Metro work is
part of a $1.2 billion overhaul taking place along the Blue
Line. For more information, visit www.metro.net/bluelineupgrades