More on the Expo Line opening


Here are a few tidbits from this morning’s announcement that the Expo Line is opening to the public on Saturday, April 28:

•Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa said that there will be free rides on opening day.

•After the line opens, trains will be running every 12 minutes, according to Metro officials. The run time between 7th/Metro Center in downtown L.A. and the La Cienega station will be under 30 minutes — on test rides in both directions Friday, I clocked the ride time as averaging 26 minutes, although station stops were very brief.


•Metro officials said that the signal systems at the junction of the Blue Line and Expo Line tracks at Washington and Flower seem to be resolved. The problem involved the signals delaying trains from going through the junction, thereby making it hard to create a schedule for the train that would be accurate.

•Work on the Culver City station continues and testing still needs to be done on the segment of track between La Cienega and Culver City, the final station in Phase 1 of the Expo Line. Metro officials are hopeful that the train will open to Culver City by summer.



At top, a train rests at the La Cienega station, with the downtown L.A. skyline in the distance. On a clear days, the views to downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains and beyond will be even better.

Middle: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Metro Director Richard Katz make the announcement Friday morning that the Expo Line will open Sat., April 28.

Bottom: The view from the cab as a westbound Expo train pulls into the La Brea station.

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro and photos are free for use by all members of the public and media. No attribution required — it’s your government!

25 thoughts on “More on the Expo Line opening

  1. Hallelujah! It has taken sooooooooo long. I had been informed this project was initially supposed to be completed last August. I am just reading that the Culver City part will not be done till Summer. Unbelievable! They’re a year behind! God only knows when the Santa Monica Line will be finished! Have they even begun working on that? We desperately need a Wilshire Blvd. subway that goes from Wilshire/Vermont all the way down Wilshire to the city of Santa Monica. We need subways that go to The Grove, to Griffith Park, LA Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, one down Los Feliz Blvd., subways to Glendale/The Americana, a subway from downtown LA to Disneyland. For a major city, our public transportation, especially when it comes to subways is so limited. Like other major cities, we need one direct train that goes from downtown LA to LAX (and stops at all the terminals). There is a lot of work that is needed to be done in order to improve LA’s public transportation system.

  2. Lisa,

    Welcome to the world of Los Angeles public transportation planning fans. We all want the same things you want as well, but there are financial constraints. (BTW I live in Los Feliz, and if you want to avoid Los Feliz BLVD, take Franklin to St. George, Left on Griffith Park, or make your first right past riverside and take that to Vermont).

    Los Angeles, as a major world city, developed during the 1950’s, when cheap oil and land was plentiful. Naturally, suburbia took off. Unlike NYC, Boston, Philly, or Chicago which had already been established as major metropolitan area before cars took off, They had heavy rail transit and a centralized downtown to plan to, and a modern subway system developed from that. Los Angeles had streetcars before (LA Railway and Pacific Electric), but they were hardly subways. They were painfully slow, and outdated. During the 1950’s suburbia craze, The Freeway, plus cheap gas was the future! The fact that you could cruise in a car was a much better option that the slow, stogy streetcar. We could have had a free monorail system, but with cheap gas and cool cars, why would we?

    But we put our eggs in one basket. We developed a transit system that favored the car over bus. We spread out. We thought cheap oil would last forever. It doesn’t, and now we have to play catch up.

    In conclusion, our city is a victim of the times. It will be painful, but we will have to adapt.

  3. Creating new transportation lines is much harder to do these days than it was back 30-40 yrs ago. But considering the amount of stations you get in 6 yrs time of construction, it’s actually a pretty good deal. In Montreal, it took them 4 yrs to build just 3 stations, and before that the metro line hasn’t been touched in 20 yrs! Even since then, there are still discussions on what to do next and nothing will be done for another few years.

    L.A., at least you got a long term plan that doesn’t linger endlessly through bureaucracy. Your Expo line is actually getting done. Be patient, good things will come :)

  4. This expo line is just a small step, it currently goes nowhere, that line will get a lot of passengers once it goes to santa monica, hopefully that will happen before I turn 40! (I’m 29 now) They were talking about building the expo line when I worked for metro back when I was 21, I wish I still worked there that was good money. I really wish when they were creating the subway there weren’t such a high opposition to it and I think the ross explosion killed it, any legislation that comes up to fund for projects like these i’ll definitely approve, LA needs more trains!

  5. I’m a bit worried about how bad the 733 will be between there and Sepulveda. It’s bad enough now.

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