Long Beach mayor on mission to raise ridership, reduce crime on long-neglected Blue LineRelease Date: 2017-08-11
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's newest train, the Expo Line to Santa Monica, gets a lot of love. Its ridership has exploded since it opened last year, as officials wax poetic about the beach-bound train.
But it’s been a different story for Metro’s oldest rail, the 27-year-old Blue Line connecting Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles.
The 22-mile line has been losing riders in recent years and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia wants to figure out why. The charismatic young mayor joined the Metro board earlier this year with a mission to bring renewed attention to his city’s signature line.