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Be Our Guess: Expo Line Opening Early April?

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Expo Line map (Metro)
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Could it be? Is it true? Is there a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for an opening day for Phase 1 of Metro's Expo Line? L.A. Now reports that Metro has gone into the final testing phase along the first segment of the light rail line, which could be "a signal that the train could open to the public by early April."

Why the April guess? "The final testing phase, called pre-revenue service, generally takes about three months and simulates actual service but without passengers." So basically a long-running dress and tech rehearsal. Nice!

Of course, it could take Metro less--or, sigh, more--time to complete the final testing phase. Still, they will not reveal a firm opening day date yet.

The Expo Line's opening has been delayed several times, which explains why the transit agency is feeling a lil' non-committal. Late last month, the Expo Line suffered another delay when technical issues and a little terminology issue meant we'd be waiting a bit longer to hear the first "all aboard."