L.A.'s Metro Expo Line opens


Los Angeles and Santa Monica locals and visitors have rejoiced at the completion of the highly anticipated Metro Expo Line Extension, enabling travellers to get from Downtown L.A. to the beach by rail for the first time in 63 years.

The long-awaited Phase 2 from Culver City to Santa Monica was completed last month, opening to the public on May 20. It connects Santa Monica by rail to Downtown L.A., Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach, and many other points in between, and introduces seven new stations serving diverse L.A. neighbourhoods such as Century City and West Los Angeles.

Coinciding with the three-year anniversary of eco-tourism initiative, carfree L.A., the development has expanded L.A.’s Metro Rail system to a total of 87 stations and more than 150 kilometres of rail across L.A. County, allowing visitors to L.A. the opportunity to experience the city’s diverse neighbourhoods car-free like never before.

In celebration of the new rail link and to mark the eco-initiative milestone, Discover Los Angeles has released two new self-guided itineraries, allowing visitors to explore the city car-free at their own pace, visiting key Metro stops such as The Staples Centre, the Natural History Museum, California Science Centre Japantown and downtown Santa Monica, just blocks from the beach.

Discover Downtown Car Free dives deep into one of L.A.’s most talked about neighbourhoods where you can explore new hotel developments, restaurants, and cultural attractions, while Discover Metro Expo Line Car Free takes on a journey of the Metro’s 24.1 kiometre stretch from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, experiencing the contrasting neighbourhoods in between.

Discover Los Angeles president and chief executive officer, Ernest Wooden Jr., comments: “The Metro Expo Line Extension marks a significant moment in L.A. County’s transit revolution, making it easier and more convenient to see all that L.A. has to offer, and is proof that our city is committed to changing perceptions of our car-centric roots, while programs like carfreeL.A. enhance the Los Angeles visitor experience without relying on a car.”


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