No opening date for Expo Line yet

A southbound Expo Line test train on Flower Street on Thursday evening. The "dry brush" effect was applied in Photoshop. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

As some of you are surely aware, the Internet has burped forth news that a potential opening date for the Expo Line was discussed Thursday at a meeting of the Board of the Expo Line Construction Authority, the independent agency charged with building the project.

The bottom line: No opening date has yet been determined by Metro, the agency that will operate the line and the agency that makes the final call when to open the line. Nor has there been a decision made whether to open the train to La Cienega or Culver City, the final stop of the Expo Line’s first phase.

As was discussed at the meeting, work continues on the signaling and electronics system at the junction of the Blue Line and Expo Line tracks in downtown Los Angeles. Expo test trains continue to pass through the junction; I watched several during rush hour Thursday evening. In Culver City, work is underway on the transit plaza and parking at the Venice/Robertson station (see below).

We’ll let you know as soon as there’s news to report on the opening day. In the meantime, we’ll continue to roll out posts about the Expo Line in anticipation of the train’s debut.

The Culver City aerial station at Venice/Robertson. Work is underway on the transit plaza and parking for the Expo Line. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

 

15 thoughts on “No opening date for Expo Line yet

  1. There better not be a ribbon-cutting celebration for this project. That would just be celebrating failure. Can you imagine Japan or China celebrating a train line that opened two years late and millions over-budget? The project leaders for this debacle should not be congratulated.

  2. For a different article in The Source, I wrote that the wikipedia page for the Metro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County_Metro_Rail) had a projected opening of April 2012 for the Expo Line. Apparently it had been updated recently because it is now listing May 2012 as the new expected opening for the light rail line. [Again, this is UNOFFICIAL!]

    I understand that the Expo/Aqua Line was supposed to open about a year ago and Neil Broverman and Robert Diaz make good points in that the unexpected delays in completing construction of the Expo Line have made the wait a lot more unbearable for many of you out in L.A., especially when a problem that may or may not take a few days to fix ends up taking three months or longer to solve. [I'm from the Bronx and even we New Yorkers have been waiting generations for the Second Avenue Line!] But I have to agree with Steve Hymon and others when they say that SAFETY is the number 1 priority in getting the Expo Line done right.

    I echo Metro Duo’s sentiments when he wrote, “We want it safe for all, so keep on working!!! We’re all ready to ride!”

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  4. Of course the system suppose to be safe. It also suppose to be on time and in budget. Many are waiting on this line to open, Some for more the 20years.
    This is just an other example of poor planning and poor engineering. Although some construction delays are understandable, there is no excuse for the poor software at the Red Line Intersection. This is not the first line that has an intersection. This is no accountable agency that does what it wants and gets away with it.

    Then the Metro will come back to the voters, and want more money to waste on the next projects. Good luck on that.

    And you wonder why Angelinos have an hard time getting excitied about mass transit.

    DO IT and DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

  5. Of course safety is of paramount importance, but do we have to wait for the Culver City park and ride lot to be finished. The LaCienega parking structure is completed — but empty. Do we really have to wait until Culver City station is completely finished, when the other stations are finished and ready? It is frustrating to watch the trains run by — empty –.

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