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Metropolitan Transportation Authority mark its 25th anniversary

 

Metropolitan Transportation Authority rail car breaks through a sign at the Pico Blue Line Station near downtown July 13 as the MTA marked the 25th anniversary of the start of rail service in Los Angeles County.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority rail car breaks through a sign at the Pico Blue Line Station near downtown July 13 as the MTA marked the 25th anniversary of the start of rail service in Los Angeles County.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Metro Blue Line train chugged through a
celebratory banner today near the Pico Station in downtown Los Angeles to help
the Metropolitan Transportation Authority mark its 25th anniversary of
providing rail service.
The ceremony, featuring a host of elected officials riding the Blue Line
train from the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station as it ripped through the
banner, was a re-enactment of the celebration that was held in 1990, when Blue
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According to Metro, since that day, there have been 1.5 billion
boardings on the now 87-mile system.
“This is your system,” County Supervisor and Metro board Chairman Mark
Ridley-Thomas said in a nod to voters who have backed the trains over the
years. “You directed it. You supported it. And through your generosity and far-
sightedness, we’re creating a modern rail system that is regional in scope,
rational in its appeal to riders and equitable in the benefits it is providing
for the people of L.A. County.”
Metro officials said the rail system has kept thousands of pounds of
particulate matter out of the air for every year a car is not being driven.
“A 20-year USC study released this spring revealed that clean air can
be directly linked to stronger lungs among children who have grown up in
Southern California,” County Supervisor and Metro board member Hilda Solis
said. “We know that in the past 25 years regional smog levels have dropped and
that translates to healthier air quality for our children. Metro Rail can’t
take all the credit for our improved air quality, but with more than 1.5
billion boardings in the past 25 years — representing thousands of cars not on
our roads — it has undoubtedly contributed to cleaner skies.”
Metro is issuing commemorative 25th anniversary TAP cards through its
vending machines to mark the occasion, and a series of events are also planned,
including concerts and architectural tours.
Metro’s next rail line is scheduled to open next spring when the Expo
Line is extended from Culver City to Santa Monica.

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