The Blue Line is probably the grimiest of Los Angeles' subways and trains. The Red and Purple lines are far older, and less modernized, yet are rarely off-schedule and are clean and dependable. The gloriously clean Gold Line is a similar vintage light rail system that pretty much no one uses, so it remains shiny.
The Blue Line, on the other hand, reigns supreme in terms of graffiti and annoying passengers. There's the mildly mentally ill older gentleman that plays 60s funk on his boombox a bit too loudly, there's the homeless guy that nearly sits on your lap because he's hammered, and there's the really high teenage kid that keeps asking you questions about your MP3 player.
One rides the Blue Line due to necessity, not due to comfort or convenience.
The most likely cause for the Blue Line's problems is the geography. The train runs through the roughest of L.A.'s neighborhoods, including the C-P-T and the L-B-C (that's Compton and Long Beach for those not familiar with the Snoop D-o-double-g).
Grimy train, filled with unfriendly folk, headed through some of L.A.'s finest gangland territory? Yep, someone just got stabbed, reports the Los Angeles Times. An unidentified man in his twenties was stabbed by two unidentified ladies, one in her twenties and one in her fifties.
At this point, we have no names and no exact ages. We also have no motive or notion of the relationship between the attackers and victim. What we do have is charges. The duo of dangerous debutantes have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, which is punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
What does this mean for riders? It shouldn't mean anything. If you had an alternative to the busted Blue before, you probably weren't riding it anyway. If you are a regular rider, we'd recommend continuing to wear protective gear and carrying pepper spray.
- Consult a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney (FindLaw)
- 2 Women Accused Of Stabbing Man On Metro Blue Line (CBS Los Angeles)
- Jordan Hill Takes Plea; No Jail Time for Alleged Domestic Violence (FindLaw's Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog)
- Methamphetamine Lab Busted in Buena Park (FindLaw's Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog)