The Expo Light Rail
Recently people have been asking me the difference between the Subway to the Sea and the Expo Line. Though they are both going to be traveling from downtown to the west side they are in fact two different projects.
First we’ll discuss the Expo Line also known as the Light Rail.
The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) will travel along the Exposition railroad right-of-way between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. It will share a track and two stations (7th St/Metro Center and Pico) with the Metro Blue Line as it leaves downtown Los Angeles. It will then travel along the Exposition right-of-way to the newly approved and funded aerial station at Venice/Robertson. Nine new stations will be constructed along the Expo Line route. In addition to the station at Venice/Robertson, the new stations will be located on Flower at 23rd Street and Jefferson, and on Exposition Boulevard at USC/Expo Park, Vermont, Western, Crenshaw, La Brea, and La Cienega.
A picture considered to be worth a thousand words, I can’t even count the words this video is worth.
A videographer traveled the path Metro plans to use. This video is part 1, and it shows the abandoned rail tracks across the lower Westside where Pacific Electric Red Cars once traveled between LA and Santa Monica. Metro intends to expand the Expo Line from USC and Culver City.
In addition bike paths, landscaping, pedestrian access are planned. The Expo-adjacent bikeway is moving forward, most likely all the way from Downtown to Santa Monica, the terminus of an Expo extension. Read more about that here – news from Streetsblog