Expo Phase 2 train testing in Santa Monica begins July 16


Expo Line Phase 2 testing. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Expo Line Phase 2 testing. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Exposition Construction Authority is alerting local commuters that Expo Line Phase 2 train testing will be expanded to Santa Monica starting this Thursday.

With train testing ongoing on the eastern segments of the Expo Line extension, this announcement means testing will now be underway along the entirety of the new alignment from Culver City to Santa Monica.

It’s a welcome sign of things to come, but there’s still much more testing, training and inspecting left to do before the line opens next year.

Here’s the full update with safety tips from the Expo Authority:

The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities in Santa Monica next week and will continue for several months. Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations. 

What:         Train Testing Activities           

When:        Starting July 16 in Santa Monica, and ongoing through fall 2015

Where:       Along the light rail alignment between Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles and 4th Street in Santa Monica

Hours:       Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

What to Expect in Santa Monica:

  • Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently before the crossing gates are activated at gated crossings and the train signals are coordinated along Colorado Avenue.
  • During this time, testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers and safety personnel.
  • Once the crossing gates are operational and the signals are coordinated, testing will continue on a more regular schedule. 
  • The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.
  • Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.

Safety Tips:

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.       
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Never walk on railroad tracks.
  • Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks.
  • Do not jaywalk across the tracks.

(Testing schedules are dynamic, and updated information will be provided as necessary)

To view the complete notice, click here.

3 replies

  1. Since the testing is only going to last until through the fall will the line open by the end of the year?

    • Hi Warren,

      There is currently no set opening date as there is still plenty of testing and staff training left, and the CPUC must give approval before line can open.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

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