Expo Line Trains Will Start Arriving Every Six Minutes On Monday
Just as Metro CEO Phil Washington promised yesterday in a reddit AMA, more trains are coming to the Expo Line.
On Wednesday, Metro announced on their blog The Source that Expo Line trains will now be arriving every six minutes—for most of the day—beginning on Monday. Up until now wait times were 12 minutes.
Here's how it'll break down:
Monday through Friday:
- From the start of service (as early as 3:26 a.m., depending on the station and direction) until 6 a.m., trains will arrive every 12 minutes.
- Between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., trains will arrive every 6 minutes.
- Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., trains will arrive every 12 minutes.
- After 9 p.m., trains will arrive every 20 minutes.
On weekends, trains will run every 12 minutes until 9 p.m., after which they will run every 20 minutes. Metro says that, for now, trains will be two cars, but more three-car trains will arrive as Kinkisharyo provides them with more.
Metro also said in the announcement that more three-car trains will be coming to the Gold Line, as well.
The new timetable comes as an early surprise, after Metro said that it should be implemented by December. Ridership on the Expo Line has expanded since Phase II opened in May, and already people are complaining about the overcrowding. While this new timetable feels like some much-needed relief, some experts warn that it'll only be a temporary fix, especially as more people see public transit as an option (and therefore further crowd the Expo Line). But frankly, that doesn't sound like a bad thing.