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.
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!