Testing Begins on Metro’s Expo Light Rail Line

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Metro on the Westside? Could it finally be? This week, after several years of budget setbacks and construction delays, the L.A. Transit Authority announced it would begin testing train cars along a portion of the newly completed light rail line between downtown and La Cienega Blvd.

As of yet, no official date for passenger service has been announced, but pending testing logistics, the city hopes that commuters will be able to travel along the 8.6-mile route stretching along Exposition Blvd. by mid-November. The western phase of construction, which will continue a further .7 miles into downtown Culver City, will not be completed until early next year, according to Metro officials.

A second phase that will connect the Culver City line to Santa Monica should break ground within the year and be completed by 2015. The line promises trips from Santa Monica to Downtown in less than 50 minutes and should alleviate freeway gridlock. The prospect of a rail-connected Westside soothes our traffic-frazzled nerves—at least while at our desks.

For more information, go to metro.net/projects/exposition