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Video: Cruise The New Metro Line Expansion Before It Opens Next Week

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See what it's like to ride the rails from Culver City to Santa Monica in a sneak peek video of the new Expo Line extension.The much-anticipated 6.6-mile extension of the Expo Line opens at noon on Friday, May 20, unveiling seven spiffy new stations to the public. And thanks to a new time-lapse video from Metro, you can check out the view from the train cab as it glides down the rails complete with a thumping dance beat to get you stoked.

The ride begins at the Culver City station and continues through Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 26th Street/Bergamont and 17th Street/SMC, before arriving in downtown Santa Monica:

Metro will offer free rides of the entire Expo Line from noon until closing on the 20th and again from open to close on Saturday the 21st. There will also be parties at several of the new stations, including food trucks, entertainment, bike valets and more. Find out more here.

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The extension will offer passengers the chance to ride from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles in an estimated 46 minutes, connecting the two areas by rail for the first time since 1953. And as an added bonus, you can bring your surfboard with you to catch a wave once you hit Santa Monica.

On June 5, Santa Monica will host on official celebration of the new Expo Line extension with a big open-streets event.