Expo Line leaves from platform 2 at 7th/Metro Center station

Several readers have asked about this: all Expo and Blue Line trains will be leaving from platform 2 at the 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles.


Announcements are being made in the station. Another easy way to tell which train is an Expo Line train and which is a Blue Line train is to look at the signs on the train.


If it says “La Cienega” it’s an Expo Line train.


If it says “Del Amo, Willow or Long Beach” it’s a Blue Line train.

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  1. Yes, please read the signs. The color code for the Long Beach line and the Expo Line is potentially confusing anyway. Couldn’t Metro have thought of another color for the Expo Line? Brown could have worked.


  2. The announcements are heard in the stations, but never understood. The speakers are terrible or the volume is up too loud. Please work on that, thanks!
    Also, when will the western most station of the Expo line be open? The one in Culver City?


  3. The color coding is very confusing at first glance on many of the print outs and signs. It’s not that I don’t think different shades of blue is not possible to differentiate clearly, but the printed result in some places is much too close in likeness. Given the generally fairly good graphic design work of Metro, I was a little surprised it wasn’t clearer.

    I think if the the Expo color had the green and the lightness values punched a little, to make it a little more obvious it’s an aqua or celeste color, it would not be so easily mistaken for the color of the Blue Line. The need for a little more color separation seemed to especially be an issue on print outs and signs with a black background.


  4. I know no one from LA Metro ever uses the system let alone rides other systems in other cities (and heaven forbid in other countries, that’s be un-American!), but there is this large city built on a swamp east of here called “Washington, D.C.” and that is where something called the “Federal Government” is based. You may have dealt with this level of government over the phone since they send money to you sometimes.

    Anyways, they also have one of these new-fangled electric metropolitan railways and use colors to distinguish between the routes. And they four lines that share the same tracks and stations for a stretch at certain points of the system: The Orange Line, the Blue Line, the Yellow Line and the Green Line.

    See the map here:

    In order to help their customers (actually helping customers is something that some transit agencies actively try to do, hint, hint) the Washington, D.C. system places large colored cards inscribed with the written word name of the line too in the front window of each train on these four lines.

    The trains that will will travel on the Blue Line have a card that is a Blue Square and has the word “Blue” written on it. Why, look, I found you a picture of one for you to see:

    It cannot be that hard have the print shop make these and to post one of these at the front of each train, now could it? You could even add the names of the lines in Spanish and Korean!

    So there’s a solution LA Metro. At least until you have replaced all the destination signs on your trains with modern ones what are bright and capable of displaying multiple colors!


  5. Hopefully, people will get the hang. Metro’s signage is no more confusing than other agencies’. People will also hopefully get the hang of standing on the right on the escalator if they are not walking up or down, and moving away from the train doors before they stop to figure out what they’re doing. New lines mean new operations and new riders, with everybody learning the ropes. Let’s not overlook that this is a good thing, even if our fellow riders and the kinks and quirks of Metro are irritating at the moment.


  6. Perhaps it’s time to bring letters back. The last time we had letters was back in the days of the old yellow cars (street cars).. But yes, watch the signs… that’s the best thing to do.


  7. Growing pains. My first day commuting was very enjoyable – for the most part. The morning trip went without a hitch. Plenty of free parking at La Cienega, my TAP card worked, plenty of seats on the train. I’m guessing that Metro will switch to 1-car or 2-car consists in a couple weeks so the trains don’t look so empty (and to save a few $$ in operating costs).
    The return trip was interesting. When I got to 7th/Fig at 5:15 the yellow vests were clearing everybody off of the train and telling us that it was an Expo train. I got on with the other Expo riders and a couple minutes later all the Long Beach passengers got back on. So stop blaming us passengers for not being able to identify which train is which – the Metro staff can’t tell either!


  8. The only real negative comment I have about the Expo experience was getting out of the parking lot at La Cienega. It’s virtually impossible to get out of the parking lot and head west, which is a big problem since this park-and-ride lot is supposed to serve passengers who live on the West Side. The left turn signal at the Jefferson exit (with access to Jefferson westbound) is marked for “buses only”, forcing all autos to turn right and head back towards downtown. The La Cienega exit is also “right-turn only”, but there isn’t enough room to cross three lanes of rush hour traffic to reach the left-turn lane to head west. If I obey the rules and follow these restrictions I will be forced to either A) drive an extra two miles to turn around at La Brea; or B) drive through residential streets to make a U-turn.
    Shouldn’t this system be designed to reduce traffic congestion on our streets?