New Rail Line Set to Run From Downtown to Westside Opening in April

The Expo Line opens April 28 and will offer free rides to commuters its opening weekend

Los Angeles commuters, your prayers have been answered. One of them, at least.

One of the most-anticipated rail lines, which would run from Downtown LA to the Westside, will open April 28, the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday.

Commuters would be allowed to ride the new Expo Line for free its opening weekend, according to LA MTA.

"It was absolutely needed out there on the Westside. Traffic comes to a grinding halt," said Rick Jager, Metro spokesman. "Hopefully this will open up a lot of different alternatives for Westsiders to hop on public transit instead of their cars."

The 7.6-mile section of the Expo Line Phase 1 would start in downtown Los Angeles, with several stops along the way until it reaches its final destination at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards.

A station in Culver City is slated to open in summer 2012 and will serve as the western-most point of the Expo Line. That is, until a Santa Monica station opens during phase 2 in 2016, Jager said.

Opening-weekend service will be limited from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. After that, normal operating hours will be from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Regular fare fees for the Expo Line will resume after opening weekend.

Officials expect about 27,000 daily boardings, according to a news release.

Expo Line station stops will be open near the following intersections on April 28:

  • Seventh and Figueroa streets (shared with Blue Line)
  • Pico Boulevard and Flower Street (shared with Blue Line)
  • 23rd and Flower streets
  • Jefferson Boulevard and Flower Street
  • Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard
  • Vermont Avenue and Exposition Boulevard
  • Western Avenue and Exposition Boulevard
  • Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards
  • La Brea Avenue and Exposition Boulevard
  • La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards

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