Attention Kings fans: no Expo Line service out of downtown L.A. on Saturday night due to repair work; bus shuttles replace trains north of 23rd Street station after 8:20 p.m.

If you have not yet heard, here is the situation tomorrow night. The Kings-Blues playoff game begins at Staples Center at 7 p.m. At that time, Expo Line trains will be running normal weekend service between Culver City and 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles.

However, at 8:30 p.m. until the close of service Saturday night, the Expo Line will only run between Culver City and the 23rd Street station. At that point, a bus shuttle will run between 23rd Street station and the Blue Line’s Grand Station. Patrons on the Expo Line heading into downtown after 8:30 p.m. should exit at 23rd Street station, take the bus to the Grand station and board a Blue Line train there.

If you take the Expo Line to the game, there will be a bus shuttle service running between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. between Pico Station — one block from Staples Center — to the 23rd Street station. You’ve been warned: If you don’t want to deal with the bus after the game, then you may want to find another way to the game other than the Expo Line.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience but this is repair work that must be done and it was scheduled before the final NHL playoff seedings were determined, which in turn impacted the playoff schedule.

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  1. […] Metro Expo Line riders who will be attending Game 3 of the first round playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, May 4, at Staples Center, should be advised that Metro will be replacing a support pole that was taken out on April 4 by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. […]

  2. Wait…I read that as shuttle service was replacing train service from Pico Station…never mind. Still, given that Blues/Kings is a playoff game, running it only until 10:00 PM is cutting it too close to the end of the game.

    • Hi Gann,

      That was my mistake, the shuttle from Pico to 23rd will be in place until 11 p.m. It’s been corrected in the post.


      Anna Chen
      The Source, Writer

  3. Shuttle service runs between Pico Station and 23rd Street Station from 9 – 10 p.m. only? Are you kidding me? The Blues/Kings game begins at 7:00 PM. NHL games usually run at least 2 1/2 hours, often a bit longer, and during the playoffs, even longer than that.

    Your shuttle from Pico Station should run at least through 11 PM on 5/4. Stopping it at 10:00 PM is ridiculous.

  4. How about taking the Silver Line from 23rd Street direct to Downtown? Metro always forgets about the Silver Line, even though it is printed on maps as if it were a rail line instead of a premium fare routes. Still for those with day passes or discount fare passes it is a great option rather than getting on and off another train or bus.

  5. For Expo Line riders who travel on the Blue Line to get to the bus bridge that starts at Grand Station, will we need to pay the additional fare to board the Expo Line?

    • Hi Gann,

      There will be no additional fare required. You’ll just have to TAP once at 7th/Metro.

      Anna Chen
      The Source, Writer

  6. you couldn’t have done this on a much lighter evening like Sunday night? considering how Fri-Sat have late hours and Sunday does not.

    • Hi Jose,

      Unfortunately this work will take a long time, and Metro didn’t want to risk any delays possibly affecting Monday morning rush hour commuters.

      Anna Chen
      The Source, Writer

  7. For “The next mayor of Los Angeles’ to-do-list” site (, it quotes Zev YaroslavskyZev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as saying, “No metropolitan area in the history of the planet has seen so much transit infrastructure built in such a compressed period of time.”

    As much as I wish that were true, it’s not. Beijing and Shanghai have built far larger metro systems (and mostly underground heavy rail systems, versus our LRT for LA Metro) in a far more compressed time period. I think Yaroslavsky might have meant “in the history of the United States” instead of the planet.