New construction photos of Expo Line Phase 2

Photos by Jeff Zucker for the Expo Line Construction Authority. Please click on each photo to see a larger version. 

Construction on the second phase of the Expo Line — including seven new stations — between Culver City and downtown Santa Monica continues to chug along at a quick pace. Please enjoy the above photos taken in recent weeks of work on the project.

The project is funded largely by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008, and is being built by the Expo Line Construction Authority (here is the project website), an independent agency. After construction is completed, the line will be handed over to Metro, which will operate it. At this point, Metro is forecasting an opening in early 2016.

The Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Regional Connector are also under construction and soon to be joined by the Purple Line Extension. All four of those projects are also being built with Measure R funding.

Below is a map of the entire Expo Line:



4 replies

  1. The construction method on Colorado Blvd (and elsewhere) of embedding the rails in concrete is most puzzling. That looks like a hyperexpensive future bill to replace worn rails since the concrete must be jackhammered out.
    Metro – why is this technique used as opposed to regular concrete ties?

    • Hey Mike;

      That’s a pretty standard way of building rail on street-running segments for light rail in our region and others. It’s generally used in places where there may also be vehicles that use rubber tires, even though (of course) most often the car traffic and rail traffic are separated.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Suggestion: Instead of a 3MB jpg, try making the map a png. Should be sharp and much smaller. All reasonable browsers support png.

  3. Yay!! I cannot wait. There will be a stop less than a mile from my home, I will never have to sit in traffic on the 10 or pay exorbitant parking fees again when I go downtown!!!!