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
- Metro Rail: Blue Line
- Metro Bus: 30, 81, 442, 460, Silver Line
- Destinations: LA Convention Center, L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center
- 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
- Metro Bus: 38, 81, 102, 200, 442
- Destinations: Flagship Theatres University Village 3, Galen Center, USC
- Metro Bus: 81, 102, 200, 442, 460, 550, Silver Line
- Destinations: California African American Museum, California Science Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC
- Metro Bus: 102, 204, 550, 754
- Destinations: Los Angeles Swimming Stadium, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, USC
- Metro Bus: 207
- Destinations: James A. Foshay Learning Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
- 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
- Metro Bus: 38, 212/312
- Destinations: Rancho Cienega Sports Complex
- 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.