No Angeleno has been able to hop on a train to Santa Monica in 53 years, but that all changes May 20, when the Expo Line extension will officially open, creating a train line from Downtown Los Angeles all the way to downtown SaMo, just a few blocks from the beach. (The famed Subway to the Sea is now more like the Subway to the VA [in Brentwood], and will not even get there for at least another six years.)
The extension will add seven stops to the line between Expo's current terminus in Culver City and Colorado and Fourth Street in Santa Monica. According to KPCC, the full trip from DTLA to the DTSM will take about 45 minutes.
That's two line extensions Metro is opening this spring—the Gold Line's Foothill extension opens March 5.
- All aboard to the beach! Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20 [KPCC]
- The Expo Line to Santa Monica is Basically Finished Now [Curbed LA]
- Alert! This is the First Train to Glide Through Santa Monica Since 1953 [Curbed LA]
- Travel Down the Pacific Electric Air Line, the Expo Line Predecessor That Ran From 1908 to 1953 [Curbed LA]