Hi everyone. Anna and I will be out on the Expo Line tomorrow morning. Please follow us on Twitter for frequent updates, service alerts and news about Metro.
1) What’s the schedule and travel time?
Trains will run every 12 minutes daily (except late at night). The first eastbound train leaves Downtown Santa Monica at 4:42 a.m. and the first westbound train leaves 7th/Metro in downtown Los Angeles at 4:54 a.m.
The scheduled travel time between downtown Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles is 48 minutes. If you’re new to transit, please allow extra time to learn the (hopefully) new routine.
Here’s the entire timetable:
2) How do I get to destinations beyond the Expo Line on the Westside and in downtown L.A.?
Downtown Los Angeles & beyond
You can transfer to the Blue Line at Pico Station. Catch a southbound train on the other side of the platform.
You can transfer to the Red/Purple Line subway at 7th/Metro Station. The trains are on the lower platforms. Both Red and Purple Line trains continue to Pershing Square, Civic Center and Union Station, where you can transfer to/from the Gold Line, Metrolink commuter trains and numerous bus lines.
If headed to Hollywood, Universal City or North Hollywood, take a Red Line train bound for North Hollywood.
•The Expo Line stations closest to UCLA and Westwood Village are Westwood/Rancho Park Station and Expo/Sepulveda Station.
–From Expo/Sepulveda: The Metro Line 234, Metro Rapid 734 and Metro Rapid 788 are being extended to the station beginning May 15. All three connect with Westwood and UCLA (see the individual timetables):
–From Westwood/Rancho Park: Big Blue Bus 8 and 12 can be used to travel between the station, Westwood and UCLA. Beginning in June, BBB 12 will be known as the Rapid 12 and will run at greater frequencies and have weekend service.
•The Expo Line station closest to Century City is Palms Station. Big Blue Bus 5 runs between the station and Century City — check the schedule for BBB 5 buses that make this trip.
•The Expo Line station closest to Santa Monica College is the 17th/SMC Station. It’s about a .8-mile walk or bike ride to the center of campus by going south on 17th Street. Or you can use Big Blue Bus 41 to travel from the station to campus and BBB 42 from campus to the station (the 42 begins service on May 20).
Maps and timetables of all Metro bus and rail lines are here. Here’s our rail and busway map:
3) How much does it cost to ride the Expo Line?
Metro’s regular fare is $1.75 and that includes two hours of free transfers for those using a TAP card, which cost $1 and can be purchased at vending machines at all Metro Rail stations. Please tap your card at the validator before boarding. You don’t have to tap when exiting a station.
All Metro fares are here. You can purchase a TAP card online and/or apply online for discounted fares for seniors, disabled/Medicare recipients, students and low-income households.
4) How do I get to the new stations without driving?
There’s a new bike path along the tracks that connects with existing bike lanes. And, each station is served by buses run by either Metro, Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. The walking environment around most of the stations is pretty good.
This lengthy post has a ton of information about bus routes intersecting the Expo Line, how to transfer between bus and rail and the number/location of bike racks and lockers.
Tip #1: if you’re taking the Big Blue Bus to the Expo Line, be sure to tell the bus operator that you need a transfer to the Expo Line. The transfer looks like this:
Tip #2: If you’re using a bike rack, do not use a cable lock — they can be compromised by thieves. It’s better to use a U-lock device and to separately lock both the frame and the wheels to the rock. The folks at your local bike shop can help set you up.
5) Is there parking at the new stations?
Three of the seven new stations have parking: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th St/SMC (67 spaces). Some spaces are reserved in the morning for monthly permit holders ($39); otherwise daily parking will be $2. See this post for more info on parking.
6) Will the Expo Line be crowded?
Very likely, especially at rush hours. Please see my colleague Anna’s post about crowding. Metro is in the midst of receiving new light rail vehicles and those new cars, in time, will allow more frequent service and longer trains.
7) What about safety and security?
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department patrols Metro stations, trains and buses. There are emergency phones at every station. If you need to reach the Sheriff’s Department, please call their transit hotline at 888.950.SAFE (7233) or, in an emergency, call 9-1-1.
8) What’s the best way to get service updates and Metro news?