Metro have announced that the Expo Line to Santa Monica is set to open soon.
Metro is now able to start what’s called “pre-revenue service,” essentially running trains on a regular schedule looking for any potential problems in the train’s sequencing.
Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O’Connor, had this to say:
Today is a major milestone and another step closer to the day when Expo Light Rail will begin its job of providing reliable rail service between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles and to the region’s growing rail network.
An official date for the Expo Line to open has not been given. However, Metro has pretty consistently been saying Angelenos can expect their newest rail line to begin service in late-spring, sometime probably in May.
When the rail line is running, Angelenos can expect consistent service between Downtown Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles in just 46 minutes, even during rush hour.
46 minutes? Now that we will say sounds like a record, it sounds a bit too good to be true. But, we shall see once the Expo Line opens. What do you think?