It’s official! The Expo Line Phase 2 rail operations and maintenance facility in Santa Monica was turned over to Metro on Tuesday. This marks substantial completion of the project, meaning that construction is done. Meanwhile, the official opening date of Expo Phase 2 will be announced this Thursday, Feb. 25 after the monthly Board meeting.
The Exposition Construction Authority is the independent agency charged with building the project, which was built in two phases. The first segment between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City opened in 2012. The $1.5-billion second phase completes the line to Santa Monica and adds seven new stations. The project was largely funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.
The mainline tracks were turned over to Metro in late January.