Yesterday I rode on another light rail train line in Los Angeles called the Blue Line. This was the first time I took that line. It travels from Long Beach to Downtown Los Angeles. It passes through some of the roughest and grittiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
While on the train I noticed that the train cars were made in Japan. The company is called Nippon Sharyo. I went to their website and found that they have a short description of the trains that they sold to Los Angeles. The cars were apparantly made in 1989 so they are almost 20 years old.
Naturally these cars a just like the train cars you see in Japan. There are some minor differences however. The Los Angeles Blue Line cars are scratched up with graffiti, have old gum stuck to the seats and trash on the floors. Other then that, they look just like trains in Japan.
The train cars actually are not too bad. They are relatively clean. They definately are not like the days back in the 70's in New York when train cars used to look like this: