Long Beach Uses Metro Downtime for Downtown Beautification Project
2014-10-17 · By Editor
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) took advantage of Metro Blue Line station temporary closures in Downtown Long Beach to perform ground maintenance. Metro began a major renovation project in the area Sept. 20; regular Blue Line service will resume the morning of Monday, Oct. 20.
“We timed this beautification project to be as efficient as possible, so we could enhance our Downtown with the least amount of inconvenience to residents and commuters,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.
“These improvements along the Blue Line are making Long Beach look even better and more appealing to residents, businesses and visitors,” Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said.
“We are not only maintaining our transportation corridors, we’re upgrading them and making them more sustainable,” Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez said.
PRM Maintenance staff removed dead plants, trimmed palm trees, restored and adjusted irrigation systems, and worked with Metro to approve a plant palette for new shrubbery to complement existing drought tolerant landscaping and fill in several un-landscaped sections. The PRM improvements are concentrated along the center medians on Long Beach Boulevard, from Eighth Street to First Street.
Metro temporary closed the First Street, Fifth Street, Pacific Avenue and the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations for a renovation project that includes new tile, rail replacement, lighting, paint, new landscaping and extended station canopies.
Free bus service has been linking the four temporary closed stations with the Anaheim Street Station, and train service has continued northward to Los Angeles from the Anaheim Street Station. Temporarily closing the stations simultaneously sped up the upgrades to restore service as soon as possible. The Metro work is part of a $1.2 billion overhaul taking place along the Blue Line. For more information, visit www.metro.net/bluelineupgrades.