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.