Video: the Mayor announces Expo Line opening

Here’s 11 minutes of footage from the announcement this morning that the Expo Line is opening April 28.

Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa is joined by County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky (also the Board Chair of the Expo Line Construction Authority) and Metro Board Member Richard Katz.

New Expo Line video

I thought today would be a good day to post some of this recent footage of the Expo Line by videographer Brent Kaplan.

If you haven’t heard: the opening is Saturday, April 28. Earlier posts:

Expo Line to open April 28

More on the Expo Line opening

Videos from The Source’s Expo Line preview

The temptation at La Cienega station

Go Expo Line to USC

Expo Line maintenance facility

Art for the Expo Line’s La Cienega/Jefferson station: Engraved in Memory by Daniel Gonzalez

More on the Expo Line opening

 

Here are a few tidbits from this morning’s announcement that the Expo Line is opening to the public on Saturday, April 28:

•Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa said that there will be free rides on opening day.

•After the line opens, trains will be running every 12 minutes, according to Metro officials. The run time between 7th/Metro Center in downtown L.A. and the La Cienega station will be under 30 minutes — on test rides in both directions Friday, I clocked the ride time as averaging 26 minutes, although station stops were very brief.

 

•Metro officials said that the signal systems at the junction of the Blue Line and Expo Line tracks at Washington and Flower seem to be resolved. The problem involved the signals delaying trains from going through the junction, thereby making it hard to create a schedule for the train that would be accurate.

•Work on the Culver City station continues and testing still needs to be done on the segment of track between La Cienega and Culver City, the final station in Phase 1 of the Expo Line. Metro officials are hopeful that the train will open to Culver City by summer.

 

Photos:

At top, a train rests at the La Cienega station, with the downtown L.A. skyline in the distance. On a clear days, the views to downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains and beyond will be even better.

Middle: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Metro Director Richard Katz make the announcement Friday morning that the Expo Line will open Sat., April 28.

Bottom: The view from the cab as a westbound Expo train pulls into the La Brea station.

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro and photos are free for use by all members of the public and media. No attribution required — it’s your government!

Expo Line to open to the public on Saturday, April 28

The long-awaited and much-anticipated Expo Line will open to the public on Saturday, April 28, said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa before a test ride with members of the media on Friday morning.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Metrolink Chairman Richard Katz, who serve on the Metro Board of Directors, were on board the test ride for the announcement.

The line will initially open between 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega station. The final station on the first phase of the project, at Venice and Robertson in Culver City, will open this summer.

Meanwhile, construction has begun on the second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica. That part of the project — funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008 — is scheduled to open in 2015.

The news release issued by the Mayor’s office is below and here’s the link to the story on ZevWeb, Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s website.

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Opening Date of Expo Line Phase I

Expo Line Phase I will officially open on Saturday, April 28, as the newest addition to L.A.’s expanding rail network

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Villaraigosa, Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, today announced that the Expo Phase I line connecting downtown Los Angeles south to USC and west to La Cienega/Jefferson via Exposition Boulevard will open Saturday, April 28, 2012.

“The opening of Expo Line Phase I is a critical step towards creating the multi-faceted transit network that Angelenos deserve,” said Mayor Villaraigosa during the morning media tour of the new Expo Line. “When Angelenos rallied together to pass Measure R, voters sent the message loud and clear that we want transit options beyond the single-passenger automobile. Los Angeles has been leading the way to improve and expand our infrastructure and support jobs.”

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Go Metro Weekends, March 23-25

Going to see “The Hunger Games” will be the highlight of my weekend – to those of you who went to midnight showings, I hope you had fun! – but there are a few other events worth checking out too.

Strawberry donut from The Donut Man. Photo by Space Pirate Queen via Flickr

Swing by Echo Park Film Center on Friday to watch the screening of The ADD Channel’s “The Virtual Zone,” a hilarious and sometimes offensive web series featuring real online classified ads acted out by brilliant actors. A few episodes of season one will be shown and the screening is free. Seating is limited so make sure to RSVP. The screening starts at 8 p.m. (Metro Bus 2 or Metro Rapid 704 to Sunset/Alvarado.)

Prepare to pig out the rest of the weekend because For Your Art is offering free donuts for 24 hours. They are setting up a pop-up doughnut shop across from LACMA and giving away donuts from 12 p.m. Saturday until 12 p.m. Sunday. The menu will rotate throughout the day; some of the donuts being offered are UMAMIcatessen’s Tres Leches donut, The Donut Man’s Strawberry donut and Nickle Diner’s Maple Bacon donut. The schedule will tell you which donut is being offered when, but make sure to get there early because the good ones (and they’re all good) will run out fast. The event coincides with the 24-hour screening of “The Clock” at LACMA. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Spaulding, DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Spaulding, please note DASH Fairfax does not run on Sunday.)

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Transportation headlines, Friday, March 23

The Metro Red Line station at Hollywood and Vine. Photo by flickr user Jack Wei.

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Martha Welborne on balancing planning responsibilities, goals and constraints at Metro (The Planning Report)

Here’s the first of two excellent Metro-related interviews. The Planning Report sat down with Martha Welborne, Metro’s Executive Director of Countywide Planning, to discuss her work as Metro’s chief planner. The whole interview is worth a read for the insights it gives into Metro’s Union Station master planning process (Metro bought Union Station last year), planning for various rail lines and a number of other topics.

Mayor awesome: Against all odds, L.A.’s mayor stays green (Grist)

Next up: Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa discussed with Grist the initiatives his administration is undertaking to make L.A. a greener place. As a regular Source reader can imagine, transportation has featured prominently in that agenda. Give it a read for the discussion of CicLAvia, L.A.’s bike plan, Measure R and America Fast Forward.

Wilshire Boulevard subway circa 2020 (Los Angeles Magazine)

The Westside Subway station renderings have given a glimpse of what Wilshire will look like once the subway is up and running. But for those who can’t picture what’s there now — and I couldn’t off the top of my head — L.A. Magazine has some handy “before and after photos” at the link above. Enjoy!

New Metro Rail map

 

Here’s a map showing the Metro Rail system, including lines and busways under construction — i.e. the Expo Line, Orange Line Extension and Gold Line Foothill Extension.

It was on display for the media this morning and shows how the Metro system is growing. The official new Metro Rail map is in production.