LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Renovation work on the Metro Blue Line will spill over to the Expo Line Saturday, when a downtown stretch of the line is halted for two months.
Beginning Saturday, downtown-bound Expo Line trains will terminate at the LATTC/Ortho Institute station, and passengers will have to use bus shuttles to access the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations.
Passengers looking to take the Expo Line from downtown toward Santa Monica will have to board the trains at the LATTC/Ortho Institute station.
The closures of the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations on the Expo Line are expected to continue for about 60 days, ending sometime in late August.
The closure is part of a continuing upgrade project on the Metro Blue Line, with which the Expo Line shares the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations. Blue Line service between downtown Los Angeles and Compton was halted in late May and will remain out of service until late September as part of the $350 million renovation. Bus shuttles are being used to carry passengers along the shuttered portion of the Blue Line route.
Renovation work on the Blue Line between Compton and Long Beach has already been completed.
The renovation project includes upgrading tracks, overhead power lines and train control and adding switches. Train stations are also being repainted and outfitted with digital customer information screens, new signs and fresh landscaping.
CNS contributed to this report.