Free rides on new Expo light-rail line during opening weekend celebration, April 28-29

As part of the celebration, Metro will offer free rides on Expo the weekend it opens, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Just a reminder that Expo is the only Metro rail line that will be free.

Here’s the release, just issued. Note that it includes limited hours for opening weekend, and that two stations — Farmdale and Culver City — will not open until this summer and, therefore, that trains will not be stopping there to pick up or drop off passengers.

      To kick off the opening of the new Metro Expo light-rail line, Metro will offer free rides on the Expo Line during opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.

      The free rides will be limited to only the new Expo Line that will operate on a limited schedule during the opening weekend from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, April 28/29. Patrons using other Metro operated trains (Red/Purple, Gold, Green & Blue lines) and Metro buses will pay regular fares.

      The opening of the new Metro Expo Line expands the Metro Rail system to nearly 90 miles. Stations opening April 28 include two existing stations served by the Metro Blue Line (7th Street Metro Center Station and Pico Station) as well as new stations that will include 23rd Street, Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC, Expo/Vermont, Expo/Western, Expo/Crenshaw, Expo/La Brea and La Ciengea/Jefferson stations.

      Due to on-going construction activities, both the Farmdale Station adjacent to Dorsey High School and the Culver City Station will not open until this summer. Metro Expo trains will stop at the Farmdale station but patrons will not be allowed on or off at that location. Trains will travel as far as the La Cienega/Jefferson Station only.

      In addition to the free ride on the Metro Expo Line, several community events are planned for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those community events will be held at the 7th Street Metro Center Station in downtownLos Angeles, Expo Park/USC Station, Expo/Crenshaw Station and the La Cienega/Jefferson Station. No community events are planned for Sunday, April 29.

      Fares for the new Metro Expo Line following the free weekend rides will be the same as all Metro-operated bus and trains costing just $1.50 one-way (cash) or patrons can purchase a Metro Day Pass for $5. Regular Metro monthly passes also are available for $75 good for unlimited travel on all Metro buses and trains. For more information visit metro.net/expo.

23 thoughts on “Free rides on new Expo light-rail line during opening weekend celebration, April 28-29

  1. I love the idea of a free weekend on the light-rail system, except that with little to no enforcement, I often feel that I am the only one paying to ride. A day pass is $5. That is so much less than a drive on the 405 to Hollywood or Los Felis or anywhere else. Parking once you get there by car is $10 +.

    Even though this weekend is free, please buy a pass anyway. This resource has such potential, but people abuse the open system at the rail stops and don’t pay their fair share.

  2. Just a reminder to everyone: Rides are free only on the Expo Line this weekend! Other Metro rail and bus lines require a fare.

    Steve Hymon
    Editor, The Source

  3. @Jennifer: I’ve seen people getting hefty fines on the gold line for not purchasing a ticket to ride the train, so hopefully everyone is buying a ticket as needed (of course with the exception of this weekend on the westside line)

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