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LA Blue Line advice please

Postby Tadman » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:01 am

Good day. I'm in LA for a few days, working and staying in Long Beach but need to run downtown a few times. Is it safe to ride the blue line from LB to downtown? I ride Chicago'S green line through Austin So I'm certainly not one of those people that gets scared of my shadow. I just don't know anything about the area. Thanks.

Also what happened to the Long Beach red cars? I heard they were stored to make room for expansion of the cruise terminal.
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Re: LA Blue Line advice please

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:26 pm

I haven't been in LA in a few years but have ridden the Blue Line many times and never saw a problem, let alone experienced one. The times I've ridden it have been mostly weekdays during the day; the trains were all well filled, with proof of payment checked by sheriff's deputies with sidearms. Late at night I don't know about. It's a very interesting ride, and I'd do it again if I were out there.

Did you mean the San Pedro red cars? I hope someone reading this knows what happened to them; I'm wondering about it myself.
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Re: LA Blue Line advice please

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:44 pm

The Blue Line is an interesting ride: I have done it a few times. You will want to stay on the train because many of those stations are in questionable areas.

The San Pedro Red Cars have different from the Blue Line and as of right now, they are suspended. It's uncertain whether they will return to revenue service.
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Re: LA Blue Line advice please

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:27 pm

Sounds like good advice about staying on the train at intermediate stations--no problems in Long Beach or at 7th & Flower in LA.
A couple of interesting things to watch for en route:
Leaving the layover point in Long Beach you head westward, then first right to head north, and a few blocks later head east to rejoin the southbound alignment at Long Beach Blvd.; when you turn left to head north you're left-hand running to avoid having to cross the southbound track at that intersection, so that a southbound is not delayed by having a northbound cross in front of it. A diamond crossing to the north straightens it out in the median, out of the way. At Willow St., if you look over your right shoulder you should still be able to see a remnant of the PE line to Newport Beach where it joined the line to LA. Watts (103rd St.) was the beginning of the "four tracks" to 9th St., at that time the beginning of street running.
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Re: LA Blue Line advice please

Postby Tadman » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:10 pm

So I took the ride. It went just fine. Like I mentioned earlier, I've been on the Green Line in Chicago which goes through awful neighborhoods and as long as you stay aboard, you're fine. The Blue Line is a great way to get downtown from the port at rush hour. In the future I'll certainly use it more.
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Re: LA Blue Line advice please

Postby Head-end View » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:58 pm

Important question: Can you see out the front of the Blue Line cars? And ditto re: the line to Pasadena. The answers may influence whether I ever take another trip to L.A. to ride these systems. Thanks!

This is kind of important to me considering I had rude awakening on a trip to San Jose a few years back. When I first rode their light-rail system in 1995 you could see out the cars of that era. When I returned in 2010 I was flabbergasted to find they had bought a whole new fleet of cars with no front window viewing at all. Just a solid cab door. What a let-down that was.
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