The Expo Line opens today, with free rides offered today and tomorrow.

The newest addition to Metro’s growing network of light rail and subways will connect Downtown L.A. with Culver City by this summer. Currently, riders can travel 8.6 miles from the 7th/Metro station to La Cienega and Jefferson.

This first phase of the project, begun in 2006 and to date with a reported cost of around $930 million, will be expanded to reach Santa Monica, with completion targeted sometime in 2016.

The $1.5 billion extension is expected to take riders to within walking distance of the beach. It will be the first time Angelenos will have train access to Santa Monica since the Pacific Electric Railway – the fabled “Red Car” – suspended service in the late 1950s.

By this summer, 10 new stations will be in service, linking Downtown with USC, the Crenshaw District and Culver City.

—Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo








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