Metro Expo Line riders were treated to free round-trip passes at the new stations in Culver City and Farmdale on Wednesday, June 20. LA mayor and Metro board chair Antonio Villaraigosa joined Culver City Mayor Andy Weissman and other elected officials for the official dedication ceremony and opening of the new stations. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Culver City for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 20, 2012.
Beginning Wednesday, residents of traffic-choked Culver City will be able to zip downtown and other points east on the new Expo light rail line.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is scheduled to open the last two stations in its new line at noon, offering free rides to and from Culver City and the Farmdale station near Jefferson and La Brea.
"The opening of the Culver City station is a tremendous milestone in the construction of the Expo Line from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica," said Culver City Mayor Andy Weissman. "We look forward to the Expo Line bringing much needed congestion relief to our region and providing an efficient new mode of public transportation to help commuters get from home to work, recreation and to school."
The Expo Line, which cost $932 million, will now have 12 stations, two of them shared with the Metro Blue Line. The line is 8.6 miles long, with 5.6 miles of new bike lanes built alongside.
A second phase, to cost $1.5 billion, is intended to connect the line to Santa Monica, and is projected to open in 2016.
The new Culver City station is located at 8804 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. The Farmdale station is at Farmdale Ave. and Exposition Blvd., just east of La Brea Ave.