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. The agency owns, operates and maintains a fleet of over 450 rail vehicles to operate these services.

Rail vehicles

Current fleet

Metro operates two main types of rail vehicles: heavy rail vehicles and light rail vehicles. Metro's heavy rail vehicles, used on the B (Red) and D (Purple) Lines, are 75-foot (22.86 m) electric multiple unit, married-pair cars, powered by electrified third rail, that typically run in four or six car consists. Metro's light rail vehicles, used on the A (Blue), C (Green), L (Gold), and E (Expo) Lines, are 87-foot (26.52 m) articulated double-ended cars, powered by overhead lines, which typically run in two or three car consists.

Manufacturer Model Picture Year Built Years in service Fleet Numbers (Qty.) Line of Operation Assigned to Division
Heavy rail fleet
Breda A650
1988–1993 1993–present 501–530 (30) B Line D Line [a] 20
1995–1997 1996–present 531–604 (74)
Light rail fleet
Siemens P2000
1996–1999 1996–present 201–250, 301–302 (52) A Line C Line [1] 11, 14, 16, 22, 24
AnsaldoBreda P2550
2005–2011 2007–present 701–750 (50) L Line [1] 14, 21, 24
Kinki Sharyo P3010
2014–2020 2016–present 1001–1235 (235) A Line C Line E Line L Line  11, 14, 16, 21, 22, 24

Future fleet

Manufacturer Model Quantity Purchased Fleet Numbers Line of Operation
CRRC MA HR4000 64 (218 options) 4001–4064 B Line D Line [b]

Retired fleet

Manufacturer Model Picture Year Built Years in service Fleet Numbers (Qty.)
Light rail fleet
Nippon Sharyo P865
1989–1990 1990–2018 100–153 (54)
1994–1995 1995–2021 154–168 (15)

Rail facilities

Current rail facilities

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

Division Line Location
11 A Line [3] North Long Beach, near Santa Fe Avenue and Del Amo Bulevard, alongside the Los Angeles River and Interstate 710
14 E Line  Santa Monica, on Stewart Street near Olympic Blvd, between Bergamot and Bundy stations
16 C Line K Line [4] Westchester, on Arbor Vitae Street, northeast of LAX
20 B Line D Line [5] Downtown Los Angeles, on Santa Fe Avenue near 4th Street, alongside the Los Angeles River
21 L Line  Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Elysian Park, between Lincoln/Cypress and Chinatown stations, alongside the Los Angeles River
22 C Line K Line [6] Lawndale, near Aviation Blvd and Rosecrans Avenue
24 L Line  Monrovia, on California Avenue, just south of Interstate 210

Planned rail facilities

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

See also


  1. ^ The A650 vehicles are based on the Universal Transit Vehicle that was manufactured by the Budd Company between 1983 and 1986; most of these vehicles will be replaced by the HR4000 series from 2022 onward.
  2. ^ 64 cars ordered in March 2017 at cost of $647 million, with options for up to 282 additional cars. Will be used in B and D Line service, with deliveries taking place in 2022.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Operation Committee June 19, 2008 - Project: Rail Division Capacity Assessment Report" (PDF).  Metro (LACMTA). June 19, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "L.A. Metro inks pact with CRRC for up to 282 new rail cars". Progressive Railroading. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 11 (Blue Line)". Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Scauzillo, Steve (April 4, 2019). "Metro opens $173-million train yard, another step toward getting passengers to LAX without a car". Daily Breeze. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 20". Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Metro Transportation Library - Division 22 (Green Line)". August 12, 1995. Retrieved September 24, 2013.