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Metro Still Won't Set Opening Date for Expo Line

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Expo Line map (Metro)
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Metro is still working on completing the Expo Line, but they still won't commit to any opening date for the light rail expansion. Why not?

The Source explains:

There’s still parts of the project not yet finished, namely there’s work to be done on the switch on the junction of the Expo Line and Blue Line tracks, the ventilation system in the tunnel under Figueroa near USC and the Culver City station. Bottom line: Metro officials are adamant about not rushing to open the line until it is completed.

While these kinds of projects do take time (and, boy, do they!) if it feels like the Expo Line has been in the testing phase for a while now, you're right: They first turned the power on for the line in early April of this year. The Source bloggers got to take their first test ride today, riding from the 23rd Street station in downtown Los Angeles to the La Cienega station and back this morning. Some thoughts: The mountain views are great, the ride is smooth and quick, but riders should prepare for some very slow spots where speedy travel isn't possible.
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As we await the Expo Line's first phase to be completed and the "all aboard!" call to go out, Metro has already officially marked the start of construction on Phase 2, which will connect Culver City to Santa Monica. That portion of the line is slated to open in 2015.