May 23, 2016

LA opens Santa Monica Expo Line extension

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An Expo Line LRV breaks through the opening banner. An Expo Line LRV breaks through the opening banner.

LOS Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) opened a 10.6km extension to its Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica on May 20 with free trips offered on May 20 and 21 before the start of regular services on May 22.


The seven-station light rail extension cost $US 1.5bn to build. It serves the districts of Palms, Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park, West Los Angeles and Sawtelle Japantown.

The extension is designed to relieve severe congestion of the I-10 freeway. LRVs will operate at 12-minute intervals during the day and at 20-minute frequencies after midnight. The trip from the centre of Los Angeles to Santa Monica will take 46 minutes.

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