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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) operates six rail lines as part of its Metro Rail system. This system includes 4 light rail lines and 2 heavy rail lines.

Metro's heavy rail lines (the Red and Purple Lines) run 75-foot (22.86 m) electric multiple unit cars, powered by electrified third rail. These trains typically run in six-car consists. All of Metro's heavy rail cars are A650's built by Breda in Italy. The acceleration for cars #530 and up is similar to that of the cars used by the Washington Metro because they both use General Electric traction motors.[1][2]

Metro's light rail lines (the Blue, Green, Gold, & Expo Lines) utilize 87-foot (26.52 m) articulated double-ended cars, powered by overhead catenary lines. Trains run in sets of 1 to 3 cars, as needed.

Rail vehicles[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Manufacturer Model Picture Year Built Years in service Fleet Numbers Quantity Purchased Line of Operation Assigned to Division Notes
Breda A650 Ansaldobreda A650.jpg 1991–1992 1993–present 501–530 30 Red/Purple 20 4
Nippon Sharyo P2020 Expo & Crenshaw Expo Line Station 2.JPG 1994–1995 1995–present 154–168 15 Blue/Expo 11 (Formerly 22) 1
Breda A650 Purple Line train on Wilshire-Western line.jpg 1996–2000 1997–present 531–604 42 Red/Purple 20 4
Siemens P2000 Harbor Fwy Station-11.JPG 1996–1999 1996–present 201–226 26 Green 22
Siemens P2000 Metrorail-go1.jpg 1996–1999 1996–present 227–250 24 Blue/Expo[3] 11 (Formerly 21) 5
Siemens P2000 LACMTA Metro Gold Line at South Pasadena.jpg 1996–1999 1996–present 301–302 2 Blue/Expo[3] 11 2
AnsaldoBreda P2550 Metro Gold Line Breda P2550.jpg 2006–2011 2007–present 701–750 50 Gold[3] 21 3
Kinkisharyo P3010 Kinki Sharyo P3010 1.jpg 2014–2017 2014–present 1001–1235 235 Blue, Expo, Gold, Green & Crenshaw/LAX 11/14, 16/21, 22/24
CRRC Corporation HR4000 2020–2021 future TBA 64 (218 options) Red, Purple 20 6

Notes:
1 The P2020 vehicle was originally purchased for the Green Line, and although carrying a different model number than the P865 they are nearly identical, except for the difference in age. These cars were added to the Metro Blue Line in 2000.

2 Originally intended to run on the Green Line, it is capable of fully automated operation which is only possible on the Green Line since it is fully grade separated.

3 As of March 6, 2010, cars 701, 704–731, 736, and 737 have been delivered and are in service.[4][5]

4 The A650 vehicles will be replaced by the HR4000 vehicles from 2021 onward.

5 Car 243 sustained burns from an accident on September 21, 2007 while operating on the Gold Line but has returned to service onto the Green Line.

6 64 cars ordered in March 2017 at cost of $647 million, with options for up to 282 additional cars. Will be used in Red and Purple Line service, with deliveries taking place in 2020 and 2021.[6]

Retired fleet[edit]

Manufacturer Model Picture Year Built Years in service Fleet Numbers Quantity Purchased
Nippon Sharyo P865 Jefferson & USC Expo Line Station 2.JPG 1989–1990 1990–2018 100–153 54

Rail facilities[edit]

Current rail facilities[edit]

Rail vehicles are maintained at several facilities across Los Angeles County.

Division Line Location
11 Blue Line[7] North Long Beach, near Santa Fe Avenue and Del Amo Bulevard, alongside the Los Angeles River
14 Expo Line Santa Monica, on Stewart Street near Olympic Blvd, west of Bundy station
20 Red/Purple Lines[8] Downtown Los Angeles, on Santa Fe Avenue near 4th Street, alongside the Los Angeles River
21 Gold Line Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Elysian Park, between Lincoln-Cypress and Chinatown stations, alongside the Los Angeles River
22 Green Line[9] Lawndale, near Aviation Blvd. and Rosecrans Avenue
24 Gold Line Monrovia just south of the I-210 Freeway

Planned rail facilities[edit]

Metro is planning to build new rail facilities over the next few years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red line train". Youtube.com. April 9, 2007. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Washington Metro train". Youtube.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Operation Committee June 19, 2008 - Project: Rail Division Capacity Assessment Report" (PDF). LAMetroLogo.svg Metro (LACMTA). June 19, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "The first of 50 new AnsaldoBreda P2550 LRVs". World.nycsubway.org. August 13, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "The first of 50 new AnsaldoBreda P2550 LRVs". World.nycsubway.org. August 13, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "L.A. Metro inks pact with CRRC for up to 282 new rail cars". Progressive Railroading. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 11 (Blue Line)". Metrotransportationlibrary.wikispaces.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 20". Metrotransportationlibrary.wikispaces.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 22 (Green Line)". Metrotransportationlibrary.wikispaces.com. August 12, 1995. Retrieved September 24, 2013.

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