Reader poll results: Expo Line opening was the big story of 2012!

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The results. Ignore the ‘country’ column — it’s the same as the overall results.

Thanks to everyone who took our poll on the biggest transportation stories in 2012. As the above chart demonstrates, the verdict was pretty clear: the opening of the first phase of the Expo Line was the big to-do in the minds of many readers.

My take on a few of the year’s big storylines:

•Perhaps the biggest overall story of 2012 was the unceasing expansion of transit in Los Angeles County. The first phase of the Expo Line opened, the Orange Line Extension opened, the new El Monte Station opened, the Crenshaw/LAX Line went out to bid, the pace of construction quickened on both the second phase of the Expo Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension and the environmental studies were completed for the Regional Connector and Westside Subway Extension — with early utility work now underway for both.

Four years after the passage of Measure R, it’s pretty clear that L.A. County is serious about transforming itself and building a transit network to compliment its sprawling road network. It has been a long time coming — and it’s great to see.

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Timetables with late night hours are posted

The new late night timetable for the Red Line!

As some people in the Twitterverse discovered yesterday — thanks Carter! :) — the new timetables for Metro Rail and the Orange Line have been posted and they include the new late-night hours scheduled to begin this Friday night/Saturday morning.

Metro is extending the hours for Metro Rail service until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. In some cases, the last trains don’t roll until after 2 a.m. — for example, the last Expo Line train leaving 7th/Metro Center for Culver City departs at 2:12 a.m.

If you want to check the new timetables, the links are posted below.

Blue Line

Red Line / Purple Line

Green Line

Gold Line

Expo Line

Orange Line