Substantial completion achieved: Expo Line Phase 2 rail maintenance facility turned over to Metro

Santa Monica: here we come! Train testing in the Northvale trench between the 10 and Overland Avenue on Tuesday. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Santa Monica: here we come! Train testing in the Northvale trench between the 10 and Overland Avenue on Tuesday. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

It’s official! The Expo Line Phase 2 rail operations and maintenance facility in Santa Monica was turned over to Metro on Tuesday. This marks substantial completion of the project, meaning that construction is done. Meanwhile, the official opening date of Expo Phase 2 will be announced this Thursday, Feb. 25 after the monthly Board meeting.

The Exposition Construction Authority is the independent agency charged with building the project, which was built in two phases. The first segment between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City opened in 2012. The $1.5-billion second phase completes the line to Santa Monica and adds seven new stations. The project was largely funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

The mainline tracks were turned over to Metro in late January.

13 replies

  1. What a wonderful time to be alive! I live in Monrovia and commute to Santa Monica. I really can’t wait for both the Expo extension AND the Gold Line extension opens! I’m going Metro once I can go via rail!!! Can’t wait to hear the opening date for Expo Phase 2!

  2. I’m one step closer to getting the timetables for the new stations. I live near a Green line station. I wonder if I can actually use it to commute to work. (Getting to Santa Monica by 6am via rail will be a challenge)

  3. Gosh I was so excited about this, but I guess it takes even longer by train to get to the beach from where I live in DTLA than taking the bus. I thought for sure it would be a little faster. I wonder if maybe they will run Express lines or something so that it’s worth it to go all the way to the train station.

  4. I live in Torrance and am a bit envious that neither of these new LRT openings will benefit me directly. Nonetheless, I’m glad that they’re about to become real transit options in a matter of a few weeks. That being said…Metro, what about us folks in the South Bay? I mean Torrance, west Carson, Carson, San Pedro, Lomita etc. When can we anticipate a rail connection that will benefit us????

  5. Wow awesome! Public transit it the only cure for highway congestion. I wish I could take the Metro more..exciting developments!!