Expo Line's first day almost over

By most accounts, the Expo Line’s rookie debut went smoothly on Saturday. Trains have been running on average every six minutes and lines were minimal at most stations — La Cienega/Jefferson appears to have been the most crowded.

I was on and off trains for most of the day and most people seemed excited to see the trains running with real passengers. Many of the riders I chatted were either giving the ride a test to see how it would fit into their commutes or were simply curious, given that it’s been nearly six decades since a passenger train rolled down Exposition Boulevard.

A reminder: Expo Line rides are again free on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. with regular fare service beginning early Monday morning.

If you rode this weekend, let us know what you think of the line. We’ll do a roundup of reviews early this coming week. In the meantime, have a good night and enjoy the opening weekend!


21 replies

  1. Parking elevator and one of the station elevators at La Cienega broke down. An annoyance for my family and our stroller; but imagine the difficulties for any disabled riders who parked in the structure.

    Confusion at the Expo Park station when crossing the street. When the walk sign turns on, people assume they can walk all the way to the other side of the street and don’t pay attention to the don’t walk / stop signs located on the tracks.

    The ride on Flower is slow. But generally, trains didn’t linger at stop signals very long. Hopefully they get even more signal priority.

    The tents packed up way too early. Free rides until 7pm, but by 4pm, not much was happening at the 4 stations where opening day festivities were being held.

    That’s it for the negatives. Super happy that the line is finally open. Will be even happier once the Culver City station is up and running.


  2. I have been so excited to try out the Metro Expo, so I headed down there today. It was great to see the enthusiasm of everyone, and it was evident that this line is going to be a success. In regards to constructive feedback, I think it would run much smoother through Downtown LA if it was aligned with the street lights better (like the Orange Line). It would be great if the traffic lights for the opposing traffic would turn red upon the approach of the Metro Expo, in order to expedite the commute. Thanks for all of the fun events today, and I have no doubt that this line will bring joy to many LA citizens!!!


  3. I rode today. Why does the train have to stop at so many intersections? I figured the train would have priority and change the signal at the intersection.


  4. I thought there were long lines as the gold line eastside extension in 2009 for the expo line. I was surprised to see the line was not too long at 7th Street.


  5. the expoline is very clean and smooth,but my only problem with the line is the lack of signal priority,which seems to add alot of time to the trip,is this a temporary issue or will this be the norm,thank you for your answer.


  6. Big time kudos for all the Expo support staff who were on hand to direct passengers onto the expo line. The trains were quite packed, so thanks to all Angelenos for keeping cool and providing a comfortable environment in which to explore this new avenue of public transit.

    The mesh awnings over the stations are poor, providing neither protection from the sun nor protection from rain (although the latter wasn’t made obvious quite yet).

    Waits at intersections were also very long, and although this was only the opening event, I am not yet convinced that a normal weekday ride will take 26 minutes to get from La Cienega to 7th/Metro.

    Overall, I am happy with the way everything went, and I hope that additional stations are added sequentially, rather than waiting the entire 3 years before phase 2 completely opens. Looking forward to Expo’s advancement!


  7. The Expo Line was awesome!!:) I rode it from Pico Station to Expo Park-USC Station. This line has restored rail service on Exposition Blvd. for the first time in 59 years!!! The inside of the trains looked clean. I went to the California Science Center while there, which is located across the street from the station and USC. I cannot wait for the Expo Line to reach Culver City this summer, and then to Santa Monica in 2016. I look forward to making more trips on the Expo Line real soon.:)


  8. I rode the Expo Line in its entirety yesterday. My overall impression was good, although if I had a complaint (and this is a complaint with LA’s light rail lines in general), it would be that we seemed to spend way too much time waiting for red lights at cross-streets. One would get the impression that light rail trains aren’t equipped to pre-empt traffic signals. If this is the case, it would seem like a relatively low-cost upgrade that could drastically improve service. In reading the comments above, it looks like others have made similar observations.

    But then, maybe I’m just spoiled with the Red Line and Purple Line subways, which are very nice and fast. (As a former New Yorker, it’s nice to ride a subway that isn’t claustrophobic and smells like urine. I just wish LA had a more extensive subway system.) If cost were no object, I’d still prefer fully grade-separated heavy rail over light rail under almost any circumstances, but I understand Metro has to make the best of the capital resources they have available.

    Like I said, I was impressed overall. I can’t wait for it to go all the way to Santa Monica, and for the Westside subway extension to become a reality!


  9. I noticced at 7th street, there were announcements except for once while I was talking to one of the metro personell as I did lose someone I was riding with. One of the concerns I have as a disabled passenger is that there are no announcement on trains or speaker when trains that share stations like 7th metro, etc. have trains coming in. Also, one of the people that work was telling me the rail cars on the gold line I think it was called 3060, while the other cars were 3010. But I don’t want to get the number on the cars wrong, but I’d like to see that trains announce what train it is and where it is going at least on the stations that have multiple trains going to them. If the buses are announcing for the most part what number it is, why can’t the trains? Also, I was on a blue line train and it wasn’t even calling stops until sometime down the line where it must have been corrected,. I’m curious to find out what metro is doing to have trains make announcements on what train it is and where it is going, since the only one that does it is the gold line. You guys do have disabled passengers who can’t see ride the train, and this was my first trip on the expo line, not have experience on what it used to be. The train did call the stops, so I have an idea of where I’m going, but it did not say expo line, and where it was going. We even still have buses that don’t call their stops, and very few operators that I’ve run in to, have called stops even when it is not calling stops on the train or bus. Keep up the great work, maybe I’ll find something to do on the expo line or find other places to visit. One other question should be raised about boarding, because the guy I talked to said that all boardings on platform 2, and exits on 1, starting Monday on the 7th street stop. You asked for comments, so there are mine. Do keep up the great work.


  10. Today, I took a ride on the Expo Line and it was so fantastic!The ride was smooth and I would like to say thank you to all of the Expo Line staff helpers who helped people with information about the Expo Line.The only concern I have is that the new Expo Line should frequently operate on the Siemens P2000 LRV.Thank you and I hope that the Expo Line will have more riders riding in the future!:)