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Expo Line Offers Free Parking Spaces for Cars and Facilities for Bikes

The La Cienega/Jefferson station has 576 parking spaces and 12 bike rack spaces and the Culver City station has 586 parking spaces, numerous bike racks and 8 bike lockers.

Over the weekend, Expo offered free rides to all from downtown to the La Cienega/Jefferson station, but Mon. April 30 marks the official regular schedule of Phase 1 of the line.

The $932 million, 8.6-mile light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City serves 12 stations, including Pico Station and 7th St/ Metro Center Station, which share the alignment with the Metro Blue Line trains.

Along with providing the highly anticipated commuter trains, Metro is also offering several free parking facilities and bike spaces and racks to help commuters travel to and from work and leisure activities along the line.

At the La Cienega/ Jefferson station there are 476 free parking spaces and there will be 586 free spaces when the Culver City station opens this summer.

In addition, the Crenshaw station has a leased facility, owned and operated by the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, which will provide 450 spaces Monday through Saturday.

“This new association between West Angeles Church and Metro provides the community with a convenient and familiar place to park and allows West Los Angeles the opportunity to, once again, serve the South Los Angeles area, as we have done for more than 40 years,” said Pastor and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

THE EXPO LINE AND CYCLISTS

According to a release from Metro, the Expo Line also improves connectivity for bicyclists, with 5.9 miles of new bikeways that parallel the new rail line.

The bike lanes run on Exposition and Jefferson boulevards between Vermont Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard. There is also a shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians that has been built at the La Cienega/Jefferson Station, which provide connections to the Ballona Creek Bike Path.

Metro says it also plans to remove seats on Expo trains for patrons with bicycles, luggage, strollers and wheelchairs, and Phase II of the Expo Line will include a parallel bike path to Santa Monica.

The full list of parking facilities and bike facilities for each station along the Expo Line is as follows:

  • Expo/Crenshaw Station 3428 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90018. 
Nearby Free Parking (Independent) 5 Bike Rack Spaces
  • La Cienega/Jefferson Station 5664 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles 90016. 
Free On-site Parking – 476 Spaces 12 Bike Rack Spaces
  • Culver City Station (opening early summer) 8804 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232
. Free On-site Parking – 586 Spaces. Bike Racks Available 8 Bike Lockers

 

THE EXPO LINE AND BUS LINES

Metro released the following statement detailing how the Expo Line will be served by all existing Metro bus lines that currently cross the line as follows:

For example, west of downtown Los Angeles, Metro bus lines that operate north and south (Figueroa, Vermont, Western, Crenshaw, La Cienega services) will serve the Expo Line at the new stations.

In the downtown area, existing lines today on Figueroa, Flower, and 7th Sts will serve the 7th St/Metro Center Expo Line terminus. Beginning Sunday June 17, Metro bus service changes will provide better access to the Expo Line, including minor route extensions that will have improved access by more lines to the Expo Line Stations. For route and timetable information, go to metro.net/maps or use the trip planner at metro.net.

Connections to Metro bus service and Metro Rail provide service to Hollywood, Koreatown, Pasadena, Long Beach, LAX (via a connecting free shuttle) and more.

7th St/Metro Center

  • Metro Rail: Red/Purple Lines, Blue Line
  • Metro Bus: 14, 20, 37, 51/52/352, 60, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78/79/378, 81, 96, 450, 460, 487/489, 760, 770, Silver Line
  • Destinations: FIDM, LA Central Library, Macy’s Plaza, The Standard

Pico

  • Metro Rail: Blue Line
  • Metro Bus: 30, 81, 442, 460, Silver Line
  • Destinations: LA Convention Center, L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center

23rd Street

  • Metro Rail: Blue Line
  • Metro Bus: 37, 38, 55/355, 81, 442, 450, 460, 603, Silver Line
  • Destinations: LA Trade Technical College, Mount St. Mary’s College

Jefferson/USC

  • Metro Bus: 38, 81, 102, 200, 442
  • Destinations: Flagship Theatres University Village 3, Galen Center, USC

Expo Park/USC

  • Metro Bus: 81, 102, 200, 442, 460, 550, Silver Line
  • Destinations: California African American Museum, California Science Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC

Expo/Vermont

  • Metro Bus: 102, 204, 550, 754
  • Destinations: Los Angeles Swimming Stadium, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, USC

Expo/Western

  • Metro Bus: 207
  • Destinations: James A. Foshay Learning Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

Expo/Crenshaw

  • Metro Bus: 38, 210, 710
  • Destinations: The Kobbler King, Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Farmdale (opening early summer)

  • Metro Bus: 38
  • Destinations: Dorsey High School, Rancho Cienega Sports Complex

Expo/La Brea

  • Metro Bus: 38, 212/312
  • Destinations: Rancho Cienega Sports Complex

La Cienega/Jefferson

  • Metro Bus: 38, 105
  • Destinations: Target, West LA College

Culver City (opening early summer)

  • Metro Bus: 33, 534, 733
  • Destinations: Father’s Office, Pacific Theatres Culver Stadium 12, Royal/T Café

 

THE EXPO LINE AND OTHER METRO TRAIN LINES

The new Expo Line will connect the Westside by rail to downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between. With 10 new stations serving USC, Expo Park, and diverse LA neighborhoods such as Culver City, the Crenshaw District and downtown Los Angeles, the Metro Rail system will expand to 80 stations and over 87 miles of rail to destinations across Los Angeles County.

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Tom April 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Let's hope there are enough parking spaces to support the projected ridership. Let's hope that the parking lot at the Culver City station is not complete. They've painted all the lines onto an unfinished, unsealed surface that it filthy and not well graded. If that's the parking lot, it certainly does not meet basic modern standards.
Patrick Meighan April 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I also was curious about the state of the parking lot at the Culver City station. It appears they just packed the dirt down and painted it black (if you kick the surface with even moderate strength, it comes up in chunks, revealing bare soil underneath), and then painted white parking-space lines over the top. That's gotta be temporary, right? I mean, what's the story, there? Anyone know? Patrick Meighan Culver City, CA
Elizabeth May 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The effort to integrate bike and Expo line commuting is laudable, but I think providing a maximum of "12 bike rack spaces" falls far short of the intention, if it is truly only enough slots for 12 bicycles.
Keef Knight May 02, 2012 at 10:03 AM
A cartoon about the Expo line: http://www.kchronicles.com/2012/04/16/death-penalty-2/
Lisa May 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Does the parking lot get filled to capacity on weekdays? If so, what time?
hel September 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
the story is, it's a free parking lot. F R E E. you leave your car there when you hop onto the expo line. i really think you should be glad tax dollars are finally going towards a rail system that will connect most of LA and not waste your time worried about a free parking lot. did i mention it was free? F R E E
leftylimbo September 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I was also wondering about that parking lot and its shoddy finish. I'd gone by it since Day 1 of its construction and was totally surprised at the end result—in agreement with Tom and Patrick, compared to the effort they put into the station itself, the parking lot seems totally substandard. I'd heard that its temporary from a fellow resident, but haven't heard anything official. I don't mind putting my tax dollars into public transportation, but would like to see them invest it into more quality construction, even if the lot <em>is</em> free.
Westside Mom September 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The only time I've seen it full (extremely packed) was when USC was playing Hawaii. I usually take the train to J-Town on the weekends and it's never crowded. I've learned to stay away when there are sporting events.

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