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Expo Line to open April 28, mayor announces (updated)

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An Expo Line clearance testing site in West L.A. The new line was set to announce an opening date sometime in the next few months.

Expo Line details were revealed today -- the long awaited line will open April 28, the mayor announced on Friday.

The first phase of the Expo Line will shuttle travelers between the 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega/Jefferson station. The trip should take under 30 minutes, and trains will run every 12 minutes, according to Metro officials.

Also, free rides on opening day. [ROUTE MAP]

Part two of phase one will be operational over the summer, and will take riders the rest of the distance to Culver City, says Metro's blog, The Source.

Expo Line station stops (Phase 1):

  • 7th / Metro (Shared with Blue Line)
  • Pico (Shared with Blue Line)
  • 23rd Street
  • Jefferson/USC
  • Expo Park/USC
  • Vermont/Expo
  • Western/Expo
  • Crenshaw/Expo
  • Farmdale
  • La Brea/Expo
  • La Cienega/Jefferson
  • Culver City(set to open Summer 2012)

When the second phase of the Expo Line is complete (scheduled to open in 2015) the train will move passengers betweetn downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. That trip is expected to take 46 minutes, and will include a total of 19 stops. 

The Expo line is expected to be hugely popular -- it is the first light-rail to service the Westside since the days of the Red Car trolleys, notes the L.A. Times.

Said the mayor in a statement issued by his office: "The opening of Expo Line Phase I is a critical step towards creating the multi-faceted transit network that Angelenos deserve...When Angelenos rallied together to pass Measure R, voters sent the message loud and clear that we want transit options beyond the single-passenger automobile.Los Angeles has been leading the way to improve and expand our infrastructure and support jobs."

The news was made public this Friday morning by Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa. L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Metrolink Chairman Richard Katz -- who serve on the Metro Board of Directors -- took a test ride with the mayor following the announcement.




 

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