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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) yesterday marked the retirement of its Nippon Sharyo P865 Blue Line rail cars, which will be replaced with new Kinkisharyo P3010 units. Most of the older cars will be dismantled for parts, although some will be used for ceremonial displays, Metro officials said in a press release. Additionally, a few of the P865 units will be sent to educational institutions for training. The rest will be scrapped.
In July, two cars will be retired from service. Beginning in August, Metro will retire four cars a month.The older units have been in service since 1990, when the Blue Line opened between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach, California. Each of the 67 cars was named after a city or community along or near the route. "The service provided by the Blue Line to the communities along the 22 miles of rail has been priceless," said John Fasana, Metro chair and mayor pro tem of Duarte, California. "After more than a quarter of a century of service, the upgrades that we are witnessing are necessary to keep our old customers and attract new ones."