Obviously not an ideal start to the first Monday morning commute for the Expo Line extension with a car driving through a fence and onto the tracks between Expo/Crenshaw and Expo/Western stations about 5 a.m. The incident cleared about 7 a.m. and full train service was restored between Santa Monica and DTLA with residual delays. LAist and other media are reporting that the driver of the was allegedly drunk.
Sigh. Back in March, a tractor trailer crashed through a retaining wall on the 210 freeway, damaging Gold Line overhead wires a few hours before revenue service was supposed to begin. Repairs were done in time for the Monday commute. But. Still. An unpleasant reminder that there are an awful lot of nitwit drivers out there who impose a lot of carnage on themselves and others. Grump grump grump. And then there’s this:
UPDATE, WEDNESDAY: I wrote this post Monday morning but feel free to add comments about your experiences on Expo this week! The original post:
I boarded a westbound Expo train at 7:50 a.m. at 7th/Metro and the above pics are from my 50-minute ride to 26th/Bergamot. There were very healthy crowds with most seats taken and some standees — and it stayed that way past Culver City Station. I’m writing this on the 26th/Bergamot platform and each of the past three trains has deposited another two to three dozen passengers here with nearly all of them headed across Olympic Boulevard to the Water Garden and other nearby offices.
The trains that have been coming through bound for Los Angeles have much fewer people, which is not surprising given there are only two more stations west of here. One woman I just chatted with said her ride from Culver City Station to 26th/Bergamot shaved a few minutes off her usual bus ride.
UPDATE 1: If you’re going to the Bernie Sanders rally at Santa Monica High School on Monday afternoon, the closest station is Downtown Santa Monica. Exit the station and turn left on 4th Street. It’s about a .4-mile walk to the high school’s football field. Or take the Big Blue Bus 1 Line south on 4th. Please give yourself extra time.
UPDATE 2: I caught a train back to DTLA from Santa Monica about 11:30 a.m. and by the time we left Culver City, most seats were taken. Between Culver City and 7th/Metro, the two big destinations looked to be Expo/Vermont and Pico Station.
As expected, there’s a fairly lively discussion ongoing of Expo on our Twitter feed and elsewhere. As for the following tweets, Laura Nelson is the Los Angeles Times’ transportation reporter and Jarrett Walker is a transportation consultant.
How was your ride this morning? Comment please.