Expo Line opens this Saturday with events being held at four stations along the line from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free to attend.
7th St/Metro Center Station – 7th Street between Figueroa and Hope
Entertainment at this station will include Double Gee NineNet, a Latino jazz band presented by Make Music L.A., as well as other bands and performers. Booths will include those by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, the Music Center, AQMD, L.A. Kings, L.A. Downtown News, Coca-Cola, Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Snap Yourself! photo booth, Colburn School of Music and many more.
Expo Park/USC Station – Pardee Plaza at USC
Entertainment at this station will include Brian Schwartz Quartet presented by Make Music L.A. and other performers. Booths will include those by the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, the Natural History Museum, USC Athletics, Metro/LADOT Bicycle Program and many more.
Expo/Crenshaw Station – West Angeles Church Parking Lot
Entertainment at this station will include karaoke open to the public. Booths will include those by City Lites Network Inc., Lemiert Park Book Fair, Louisiana to Los Angeles Organizing Committee, Inc. and many more.
La Cienega/Jefferson Station – Expo Station Parking Structure
Entertainment at this station will include Derk Reklaw Cuzmo, an African jazz band presented by Make Music L.A., Fantastic Fig, a magician with a cat, karaoke and other performers. Booths will include those by Expo Construction Authority, Watts Village Theatre, KLOS/KABC radio and many more.
In addition, a mime from 24th Street Theatre will be traveling along the line and performing at the 7th/Metro Center Station, the Expo Park/USC Station and the La Cienega/Jefferson Station. Portable restrooms also will be available at the four stations.
Rides on the Metro Expo Line opening weekend will be free both days from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Trains will run on a special schedule for the opening weekend.) Please note that the Farmdale and Culver City stations will not be open and will be bypassed by all trains. These two stations are still under construction and are set to open this summer.
Regular fares will apply on all other Metro Rail, Metro Rapid and Metro Local bus lines. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit to get to the various events, as parking will be very limited during opening weekend.
So come on out early and celebrate the opening of the Metro Expo Line!
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It’s been a long time coming, and I am really looking forward to this. I could take the Expo line to Exposition Park, without having to pay for $8 plus dollars just to park there. For $1.50 one way, or $3.00, I could save money. Get on Board the Expo Line.
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Will there be a train breaking through a banner like they did when the Goldline and Eastside extension opened? If so, what day and time?
HI MISTER HYMON,
HERE’S MY IMMODERATE TWO CENTS :THE VERMONT/EXPO STATION IS SPLIT IN TWO. QUITE BIZARRE!
REGARDING THE SOUTH EXPOSITION BLVD.PLATFORM ,EAST OF VERMONT AVENUE, WHERE’S THE EMERGENCY PHONE AND TVMs?
OH THERE THEY ARE! ON THE SIDEWALK ; ONLY A HALF- BLOCK AWAY NORTH ON VERMONT ,NOT TOO FAR FROM THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF VERMONT AVENUE AND EXPOSITION BLVD.
CLOSE ENOUGH FOR ROCK AND ROLL? BUT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR PUC INSPECTION?
Go to any Metro Rail Station, or http://www.taptogo.net and you can get a pass there. HOWEVER, you MUST have a “TAP” Card. If you don’t have one, it is just $2 for a pass.
I’ll see if I cannot attend briefly on Saturday. I think it’d be fun. 🙂
Please check spelling. It is athletics, not atheletics. Thanks
Contributor, The Source
Are the metro fares applicable? My employers have a discount for taking public transportation; how do I buy mothly passes?
No fares are being charged to those riding the Expo Line. Other Metro buses and trains will require fares. If you are interested in purchasing a monthly pass, there is more information here: http://www.metro.net/around/fares.
Editor, The Source
I was just wondering if the Expo Line will still be running after 7:00 p.m. that weekend at all? Is it just free until 7 and then normal fees after 7? Or is it completely shutting down at 7?
The Expo Line will only be running until 7 p.m. this weekend. The normal early morning to late night schedule will begin on Monday.
Editor, The Source
When will the timetables be posted online and/or in print?
Timetables will be soon–I’ll post a copy as soon as I get a finalized one.
Editor, The Source
I remember reading somewhere that there will be food trucks at some of these stations. If so, where and what trucks will be there?
We are still confirming the trucks scheduled to be there, but as of now there will be 3 trucks at each of the four stations.
So will 7th street be shut down for the day between Figueroa and Hope? Or will the booths be located underground?
7th Street will be closed between Hope and Figueroa, but cars will still be able to pass on Flower and Figueroa.
The Source, Contributor