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Original Blue Line Train Officially City of Long Beach Property with Hopes to Turn It Into a 'New Kind of Public Space'

Release Date: 2017-09-28

It’s official: the first train to ever be part of Metro Los Angeles (Metro)’s transit system—the precise one pictured above that went from DTLA to DTLB in 1990— is now officially the property of the City of Long Beach after Mayor Robert Garcia proposed the train being returned to Long Beach.

And that means we are one step closer to realizing Garcia’s hopes for the train, originally dubbed the Long Beach 100: a permanent home that will be part of a new type of public space.

The Blue Line is a transit corridor rich with history: originally part of the Pacific Electric red car railway, which opened in 1902, the use of the right-of-way was given to Metro in 1961 and operated as a bus line. But on July 14 of 1990, the right-of-way was turned into what would become one of the nation’s most ridden light rail, the $877M Blue Line, since then connecting DTLA to DTLB and everywhere in between.

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