Here’s video posted to YouTube of the first Expo Line train in service at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning — for those of you who had something better to do (i.e. sleep).
The Expo Line’s opening weekend with free rides is now complete and regular service begins early Monday morning between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega/Jefferson station.
The first westbound train from 7th/Metro Center leaves at 4:54 a.m. and the first eastbound train from La Cienega/Jefferson station at 5:12 a.m. The final train of the night departs at 12:32 a.m from both 7th/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson
The regular Expo Line timetable is below. It can be downloaded from the Metro website here [pdf]. Reminder: the Farmdale station is not yet open, nor is the train traveling all the way to Culver City until this summer.
The zombies of Thrill the World Los Angeles joined Expo’s opening day festivities with flash mob performances at each station.
We’ve posted tons on the Expo Line’s opening on Saturday, here’s a brief recap:
•Expo Line trains will be running from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles to the La Cienega/Jefferson station. Two Expo Line stations are not opening tomorrow: Farmdale and Culver City. They should be done by summer.
•There is no charge to ride the Expo Line on Saturday and Sunday. Fares begin with service early Monday morning. Here’s the timetable Expo will use beginning Monday.
•You still must pay regular fares to ride the rest of the Metro system this weekend. A single ride on any bus or rail line is $1.50. A day pass with unlimited transfers is $5. If you don’t yet have a TAP card to pay fares, you can purchase one and load it with passes or cashes at ticket vending machines at all rail stations.
•There are events being held outside four stations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 7th/Metro Center, Expo Park/USC, Crenshaw and La Cienega/Jefferson. More details on the entertainment here.
•Metro is expecting big crowds wanting to ride the Expo Line this weekend. There will likely be lines at some stations. Best bet to avoid lines is to ride early in the morning.
First, a plug: If you’re planning to attend this weekend’s Expo Line festivities, go ahead and subscribe to Metro on Twitter at @MetroLosAngeles, so you can follow our coverage in real time and share with us all your Expo thoughts and photos.
Now, business: We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve published a whole bunch of posts about the Expo Line lately — about how Expo will work, its history, who was instrumental in making it a reality. So much so that a couple of great stories got pushed off the front page before many folks probably had a chance to read them.
So, without further ado here’s a recap of our Expo Line stories from the past month or so:
Go Expo this weekend
In a perfect world, I’d be writing that you could take a downbound Expo Line train the Thursday and Friday night Bruce Springsteen shows at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
As fate would have it — pretty much sealed the day I got a ticket to the Friday night show – the Expo Line doesn’t begin running until Saturday. Nonetheless, there is transit available to the Sports Arena for those who need a ride to get to the show and have other arrangements to get home (i.e. taxi, mooching ride from friend, etc.).
From downtown L.A., the 81 bus can be caught on Hill Street or Figueroa — it eventually runs down Figueroa to the Exposition Park area. Likewise, the Metro Silver Line has numerous stops in downtown L.A. and stops at the 37th Street Station on the Harbor Transitway — it’s about a 15-minute walk from there to the Sports Arena. Until 6:30 p.m., the city of Los Angeles’ DASH F line also runs southbound on Flower and Figueroa to the corner of MLK Boulevard and Figueroa, a short walk from the Sports Arena.
I really don’t have much to add to the small canon of literature on Springsteen, who has been issuing albums for 40 years now and is touring to support his latest — and it’s a good one — “Wrecking Ball.” I will say the 16 Springsteen shows I’ve attended have by far been the 16 best concerts I’ve ever seen. Much of his music explores the vast differences between what America is and what it could be and as powerful as the music is recorded, it’s even better live.
After the jump is a video of Springsteen performing one of my favorites.
Ever wanted to tour L.A.’s historical landmarks in your classiest attire (much like Dapper Dan, star of the video above)? Your chance comes this Sunday thanks to transit advocacy group Rail LA, which is hosting its Dapper Day on the Subway.
The event — part parade, part tour, part performance art — seeks “to celebrate the city’s rich mass transit history and rally support for future expansions of local rail,” according to Rail LA’s press release. You’ll need to wear fancy dress — suggestions here — and have a $5 Metro Day Pass. (Update: To clarify, there are some stops along the way that require cash for admission, i.e. $7 to get into the Hollyhock House. Please see the schedule for further details.)
The tour’s highlights include stops in Hollywood, El Pueblo, downtown LA and Chinatown. More details on the schedule are posted below. If you decide to attend, definitely tweet some photos of your tour to us @MetroLosAngeles.
Looking for a way to celebrate the opening of Expo? Take advantage of the free rides on April 28 and head to the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital’s Everychild Playground, located right in front of Expo Line’s 23rd Street Station. Saturday is the Everychild Playground Play Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Play Day will include integrated play, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment and treats. Children can enjoy playing on accessible equipment that accommodates children with physical or developmental disabilities. The space contains picnic tables and families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
In addition, LAOH’s partner the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School is also hosting a free event. The high school, located next door to the hospital, will be the site of the Ferrari Club of America-Southwest Region’s Exotic Car Show. The free event celebrates LAOH’s 100-year anniversary and runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will have amazing and exotic Ferrari and Lotus sports cars, plus famous motion picture automobiles, on display.