Heads up! Expo Line testing in Santa Monica on Saturday

This is a very similar test to the one that ran a few weeks ago — and this test is scheduled to run only from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Here’s the official notice:


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  1. Driving around today (from Sepulveda Blvd. going west down Exposition Blvd. towards Military Ave.) to do some errands, we got the first breathtaking sights of an “independently powered” (unlike previous truck pulled-pushed) “test train” of the newly reborn Metro Expo Green Line — the first electric-powered commuter trains to traverse the same “right-of-way” used by the Pacific Electric Company “Red Cars” (traversing from Downtown LA to West LA, Santa Monica and the Sea!) which was tragically “bought out” and shutdown by General Motors (GM) over 62 years ago!

    Thanks to the voters who passed the proposition to approve the funding of the multibillion-dollar Expo Line extension (from Culver City to Santa Monica), commuters can again find the convenience and enjoyment of riding from Downtown LA across West LA and to Santa Monica and the sea once again. This was something previously offered by the Red Car street trains — criss-crossing much of Southern California at one time — from the turn of the century until the car and tire companies pushed the Pacific Electric Co. into extinction in order to build the freeway-clogged mess that plagued LA commuters for much of second half of the 20th Century.


    • Here’s the full two-minute version of my “shadowing” of the Expo Line “test train,” with the addition of the first stop at the new Sepulveda Blvd. station (Intersecting with Exposition Blvd.) and then heading east (in the original video post above) as it travels past the station at Military Avenue.

      Again, please indulge with my occasionally shaky camera shooting and poor ad-hoc narration while my wife and cousin chide me, but I’m going to use the excuse that I was doing it all while driving and shadowing the test train — it should at least make for a few good laughs! Three cheers again for the Expo Line extension into West LA and Santa Monica! 😀


    • We don’t have an opening date yet, but the line has been forecast to open in the first half of 2016.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Notice how the poster for Expo Segement II has the new Kinki Sharyo P3010 cars on a line that used the AnsaldoBreda P2550 cars on the posters for Expo Segment I