Metro Blue Line Celebrates 25 Years Of Service
(CNS) Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 – 12:56 PM
A Metro Blue Line train chugged through a celebratory banner today near the Pico Station in downtown Los Angeles to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority mark its 25th anniversary of providing rail service.
The ceremony, featuring a host of elected officials riding the Blue Line train from the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station as it ripped through the banner, was a re-enactment of the celebration that was held in 1990, when Blue Line service began between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.
According to Metro, since that day, there have been 1.5 billion boardings on the now 87-mile system.
“This is your system,” County Supervisor and Metro board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a nod to voters who have backed the trains over the years. “You directed it. You supported it. And through your generosity and far- sightedness, we’re creating a modern rail system that is regional in scope, rational in its appeal to riders and equitable in the benefits it is providing for the people of L.A. County.”
Metro officials said the rail system has kept thousands of pounds of particulate matter out of the air for every year a car is not being driven.
“A 20-year USC study released this spring revealed that clean air can be directly linked to stronger lungs among children who have grown up in Southern California,” County Supervisor and Metro board member Hilda Solis said. “We know that in the past 25 years regional smog levels have dropped and that translates to healthier air quality for our children. Metro Rail can’t take all the credit for our improved air quality, but with more than 1.5 billion boardings in the past 25 years — representing thousands of cars not on our roads — it has undoubtedly contributed to cleaner skies.”
Metro is issuing commemorative 25th anniversary TAP cards through its vending machines to mark the occasion, and a series of events are also planned, including concerts and architectural tours.
Metro’s next rail line is scheduled to open next spring when the Expo Line is extended from Culver City to Santa Monica.