25 Years of Metro Rail


25 years of transforming LA County.
(And we’re not done yet.)


July 14th marks the 25th anniversary of the Metro Blue Line, and the rebirth of rail in LA County. In celebrating this milestone, we want to thank all of our riders for their support in building the foundation for LA’s transit future.

With voter-approved Measure R, the years ahead will take LA County transit to new heights, but it stems from the system that has blossomed over the past two and a half decades. Take a look below to explore the history and future of Metro Rail, our blooming map, free concerts and art tours, and more. 


Past, Present, Future


When the Blue Line opened in 1990, Metro Rail’s system consisted of one line, spanning 22 miles and 22 stations. Now, 25 years later, rail has become an integral part of our county’s transit system. Here’s a look at how we’ve been transforming and moving LA:




Discover the key events and milestones in the history of the Blue Line in our interactive timeline, or relive the grand opening in our video from 1990. You can also browse through images of various rail line openings, including Metrolink’s opening, in our Library’s Pinterest Gallery.




With 80 rail stations and 170 bus routes, Metro is headed just about anywhere you are. For a glimpse of our present day system, explore our image gallery below. Better yet, follow us on Instagram here.


Use our slider tool below to view past and present day shots of the Metro Rail. Drag the slider to the left and right to reveal the full images.


First St Bridge:
P-line Streetcar (1963) / Metro Gold Line (2015)


Blue Line Train at Flower/12th:
Opening Day (1990) / 25th Anniversary (2015)


On July 13, 2015, Metro celebrated the 25th anniversary of Metro Rail with a re-creation of the 1990 opening of the Metro Blue Line. During the event, a Blue Line train emerged from the 7th St/Metro Center Station tunnel through a veil of smoke to break through a commemorative banner.


Here are four stories that show how we’re transforming LA County, one ride at a time.




And we’re not done yet. We have many projects in the works, including expanding the Expo and Gold Lines, and construction of the new Crenshaw/LAX Line. With their completion, the Metro Rail system will span over 113 miles to destinations across LA County.


We’ve come a long way since 1990, and continued to build more rail to more places. View our interactive “blooming” map below to see where we started and where we’re headed. Just click the play button to get started.




Join us for the festivities! Scroll below to learn about the free concerts and art & architecture tours in July, presented by Metro’s Art Program. In honor of the 25th anniversary, we’ll be giving out free prizes to the first 25 people to arrive to each event.


Art & Architecture

Interactive Literary Program

Buy Your 25th Anniversary TAP Card

Celebrate the anniversary with our special commemorative TAP cards! Collect yours now by visiting TAP vending machines (TVMs) at the following stations. Just look for this image on the TVM. Plan your trip here.

Cards will be available starting Friday, July 17th, while supplies last.


7th St/Metro Center

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660 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90017 (map)

Union Station

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801 N Vignes St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (map)


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1236 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA, 90015 (map)

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks

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11611 Willowbrook Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90059 (map)