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 replies

  1. 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:)


  2. 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!