Long Beach Transit Mall closes for $7 million renovation

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long beach transit mall artist rendering

An artist rendering shows First Street at Pine Avenue after the Long Beach Transit Mall project is complete.

Long Beach Transit will temporarily move bus shelter assignments beginning August 29 to allow for upgrading and modernization of the Long Beach Transit Mall on First Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. Pedestrian access and Metro blue line operations will continue to be available and businesses will remain open during construction.

Chairman of the Long Beach Transit Board of Directors Mark Curtis describes the project as, “An exciting improvement and much desired upgrade to downtown transit operations. Our customers will be inconvenienced for a short time, but the dramatic improvements will be well worth it.”

The $7 million project, made possible by federal stimulus funding, is expected to be complete in spring 2011. The beautification project will include:

  • improved night lighting to benefit transit customers, downtown residents and businesses;
  • installation of newly designed bus shelters along with public art, and upgraded landscaping.

LB Transit Route / Schedule Changes During Renovation

Long Beach Transit, Metro, Torrance Transit and LADOT customers will board buses on Ocean Blvd between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, on Long Beach Blvd between Ocean Boulevard and First Street and on First Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue.

Long Beach Transit serves over 29 million boarding customers in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill—as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach—with regular bus and shuttle services including the Passport, AquaBus, and AquaLink. For more information visit www.lbtransit.com.

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