Videos from The Source’s Expo preview

Steve grabbed this first clip from the cab of our train, which was proceeding south-west from Jefferson/USC station to Expo Park/USC station via the Figueroa underpass.

This second clip shows the train flying through the 1.6 miles from Western station to Crenshaw station.


16 replies

  1. I can’t wait to ride this train on it’s gran opening! I love the way the train is looking. Me and my girlfriend bike along the side of this trail rail by USC. Looking good. 😀

  2. Cool video, although it seems like it could safely go faster through the underpass. Those curves are very gentle not to mention the straight parts. The red line after all does not need to slow down very much on curves. Maybe this is just because of testing, although I see a sign for 25 mph which is pretty slow and only 35 for the straight shot after the curve. I think 35 and 45 respectively would make more sense.

  3. Viewing the second video clip:

    For some reason, nobody deemed it necessary or feasible to install gates at the Rodeo Blvd. crossing where it separates from Exposition Blvd.

  4. We can hardly wait because this Metro Duo has split residency — she’s off the Gold Line in Pasadena and he’s off the soon to opened Expo Line.

    Until Expo Line opens, we recommend the using the Rapid 10 Big Blue Bus to get to West Side (Santa Monica system — she takes Gold Line to Union Station, then out the front entrance to the bus on Alameda)… About an hour and a quarter from Pasadena to Pico/Bundy (35 mins. from Union Station). Not bad, but Blue Bus is meant for commuters so stops running after about 8 p.m. (much worse than Metro’s midnight curfew!)

  5. @Connor Gilliland:

    The tightest curves on the Metro Red & Purple Lines have radii of 900 feet and trains are limited to 40 mph on these curves.

    The Expo Line trench, however, features a much tighter curve with a radius of ~340 feet. Quick calculations confirm that 25 mph is in fact the maximum speed that can be posted for that curve.

  6. @ Morris

    I second your notion that the Rodeo/Exposition “split” needs gates. In my visits to the area to see what has been built, I found that grade crossing to be somewhat confusing and a potential hazard for trains.

    Having a gate will emphasize who needs to stop at that intersection.

    Any considerations of this Carter?

  7. With the second video, the trains definitely get going in the ROW and its good that they don’t slow down constantly at grade crossings like the blue line does (why metro still has not upgraded the blue line crossings to the standards of the other LRT lines is beyond me).

    I still don’t get why CPUC limits the trains though to 55 mph. I mean, it is a decent speed for urban transit but we have large commuter trains that cross at up to 80 mph and those are much larger trains with much longer stopping distance. So it does not seem unreasonable to at least allow a smaller and lighter LRT train to go up to 65 mph when in RR row.

    • Luis,

      Just a test train. Opening will be sometime towards the beginning of 2012.

      Carter Rubin
      Contributor, The Source

  8. I love the second clip and I love how the train travels at a FASTER SPEED and doesn’t stop until Crenshaw… Please consider having Express Trains with limited stop service between Culver City/westside to Downtown LA(Ex: From Culver City station stop at La Cienega, LA Brea, skip Farmdale, stop at Crenshaw, skip Western, stop at Vermont, skip Expo Park, then stop at Jefferson/USC, skip 23rd st, then stop at Pico and terminus at 7th st Metro Center in downtown LA) this would be great, shorter travel and commute times!!! Go Expo!!! By the way when is the line supposed to open?? Is this line in service NOW??? If so I would be surprised… Thanks