L.A. Metro Rail LRT

Gold Line train. Photo by Flickr user prayitno. Creative Commons License.

Los Angeles Metro Rail includes two subway rapid transit lines and three light rail lines – the Blue, Green, and Gold lines. The three light rail lines form the state’s 2nd largest light rail system, behind San Francisco’s Muni Metro. The Blue, Green, and Gold lines served approximately 156,600 riders every weekday during the third quarter of 2010.

Four different types of light rail vehicles are in use across the system, including Nippon Sharyo P2020 and P865 models, Siemens P2000 LRVs, and Breda P2550 LRVs. The base single-ride fare is $1.50, and riders must present proof-of-payment if asked by a fare inspector.

The system will undergo massive expansions in the coming decade, including the new Crenshaw and Expo Lines.


Blue Line: The Blue Line is primarily a north-south route that connects downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach via Watts and Compton. It is Metro’s oldest, longest, and busiest light rail line. Northbound trains terminate at 7th and Metro Station and southbound trains terminate at the Long Beach Transit Mall.

Green Line: The Green Line is a fully grade-separated line primarily traveling west-east from Redondo Beach to Norwalk via Hawthorne and Willowbrook. Most of the route runs in the median of the I-105 Century Freeway. Westbound trains terminate at Marine-Redondo Station and eastbound trains terminate at Norwalk Station.

Gold Line: The Gold Line travels from Pasadena to East Los Angeles via downtown. Northbound trains terminate at Sierra Madre Villa Station and southbound trains terminate at Atlantic Station.