Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Train From DTLA To Santa Monica Should Be Running By Spring

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

The Metro Expo Line is about to head into its final testing phase, meaning we might be able to hop on the train to the ocean as soon as April or May of 2016. According to a report from the Expo Construction Authority, which is in charge of overseeing project, the agency plans to hand things over to Metro next week, Santa Monica Next reports. Then, Metro will start pre-revenue testing, which means running the train regularly as if it were operational, but which no people on board. This is the final phase of testing before the train opens to the public—which the report states could be as soon as late April or early May. The train would be able to run from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica.

Some testing has been happening already. Drivers were complaining earlier this morning that they were stuck behind the train crossing gates on 26th Street south of Olympic Boulevard for about a half hour this morning after 10 a.m., according to City News Service. Metro confirmed that the line was undergoing testing, but said they weren't aware of any issues.

Photos: Whoa, There's A Metro Train In Westwood
Photos: Whoa, A Metro Train Pulled Into Downtown Santa Monica