This weekend, celebrate the opening of the much awaited new light rail line with free rides from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 28 and April 29. Phase 1 of the new 8.6-mile transit line will take passengers from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City and pass through eight station stops including ones at the University of Southern California, Exposition Park, the Mid City Communities, and Crenshaw District.
Celebrate the opening with free live music, free on-stage karaoke, free entertainment, and tasty treats from food trucks and local eateries for purchase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, at the Metro Center Station, Exposition Park station, the University of Southern California station, and Jefferson station. Due to ongoing construction, both the Farmdale Station adjacent to Dorsey High School and the Culver City Station will not open until this summer. Although Expo trains will stop at the Farmdale station passengers will not be allowed on or off at that location. Trains will only travel as far as the La Cienega/Jefferson Station.
7th St/Metro Center Station – 7th street between Figueroa and Hope
Entertainment at this station will include Double Gee NineNet, a Latino jazz band presented by Make Music L.A., as well as other bands and performers. Booths will include those by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, the Music Center, AQMD, L.A. Kings, L.A. Downtown News, Coca-Cola, Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Snap Yourself! photobooth, Colburn School of Music and many more. From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 28, Watts Village Theater Company will perform a site-specific cultural entertainment piece.
Expo Park/USC Station – Pardee Plaza at USC
Entertainment at this station will include Brian Schwartz Quartet presented by Make Music L.A. and other performers. From 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 28, Watts Village Theater Company will perform a site-specific cultural entertainment piece. Booths will include those by the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, the Natural History Musem, USC Atheletics, Metro/LADOT Bicycle Program and many more.
Expo/Crenshaw Station – West Angeles Church Parking Lot
Entertainment at this station will include karaoke open to the public. Booths will include those by City Lites Network Inc., Lemiert Park Book Fair, Louisiana to Los Angeles Organizing Committee, Inc. and many more.
La Cienega/Jefferson Station – Expo Station Parking Structure
Entertainment at this station will include Derk Reklaw Cuzmo, an African jazz band presented by Make Music L.A., Fantastic Fig, a magician with a cat, karaoke and other performers. Booths will include those by Expo Construction Authority, Watts Village Theatre, KLOS/KABC radio and many more. In addition, a mime from 24th Street Theatre will be traveling along the line and performing at the 7th/Metro Center Station, the Expo Park/USC Station and the La Cienega/Jefferson Station. Portable restrooms also will be available at the four stations.
According to Metro, by 2020, approximately 27,000 passengers will ride Phase 1 each week day. Phase 1 will connect to Phase 2 of the Expo Line in 2016. Phase 2 will run from Culver City to Santa Monica. Once completed, the 15.2 mile Expo Line will give commuters the option of traveling from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica by rail, creating an alternative to driving through the congested Santa Monica Freeway (I-10). Metro staff estimates that by 2030, approximately 64,000 passengers will ride the Expo Transit Line each week day, making it one of the most heavily used light rail lines in the country. Aside from connecting communities on the Westside to downtown Los Angeles, the Expo Line is expected to shorten commutes, lower greenhouse gas emissions from cars, provide fast and reliable public transportation services and increase the number of commuters who use the public transportation in Los Angeles County.