Blue Line Expansion Project Underway

From Times Staff Reports

Hoping to ease the crunch brought by an increase in rush-hour commuters, MTA officials Monday announced the start of work on a crucial leg of the Metro Blue Line expansion project.

The downtown Julian Dixon Metro Rail Station, where the Blue Line ends, will undergo a $1.2-million renovation to allow the light rail to accommodate three-car trains. Officials expect the project will take 13 weeks.

"What we're suffering from is success of the Blue Line," said Jess Diaz, MTA rail superintendent.

The Blue Line runs along 19 stations from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles.

About 63,000 commuters board the Blue Line on an average weekday.

Delays during the project will be minimal, MTA officials say.

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