Expo test trains on track to Culver City Station

Expo test train, pushed by high-rail truck, performs clearance testing on westbound track near Hayden Boulevard. Photo submitted from Hello Expo Facebook page by Friend of Expo.
Expo test train, pushed by high-rail truck, performs clearance testing on westbound track near Hayden Boulevard. Photo submitted from Hello Expo Facebook page by Friend of Expo.

Although not visible in the photo, there’s a high-rail truck pushing an Expo test train west of La Cienega at the Hayden Boulevard interlocking. It’s the very beginning of clearance testing on that stretch of track. A nice reminder to get ready for Expo Line opening on Saturday, April 28.

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  1. Say what? Less than four weeks to the start of revenue service and clearance testing is just beginning? That can’t be right.

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    • Hi Richard;

      That’s clearance testing on the part of the line between La Cienega and Culver City. The line is opening between downtown and La Cienega on the 28th.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

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  2. Will this be in service early enough to bring people to the March of Dimes event at Expo park on the 28th of April? Our plan is to park our team in Downtown and take this train to Expo park.

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    • Ryan,

      If the Expo Line opening is anything like past Metro Rail openings, it’s likely to be very crowded with revelers hoping to ride the train for the first time.

      See some tweets we gathered from the Gold Line Eastside opening for reference: http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/16/twitter-users-weigh-in-on-the-gold-line-eastside-extension/

      If anything, I would expect even more people to come out for the Expo opening than the 75,000 who turned out for the Eastside opening, given the excitement around the Expo Line. All that is to say that you may want to consider another option if you need to arrive punctually at Expo Park, or give yourself a lot of extra time, given that you may have to wait for several trains before you can board.

      Hope that helps you plan your arrival.

      Best,

      Carter

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  3. Great news!! Now, if only there were bicycle rental stations (low cost pay as you use) at each stop for pick up and return, and decrease 1 car lane for bicycles. I call it the “last mile project”. This is a way to link transportation infrastructure like some european cities.

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  4. Is metro having a promotion with Sees candies on opening day ? The factory is at the end of the line, that would make sense. Its a win-win situation.

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