LA Metro's Expo Line extension—the first light-rail line to hit the westside in over 50 years—marked its one-year anniversary this month.
First opening its automatic sliding doors on May 20, 2016, the 6.6-mile extension from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica has averaged more than 1.5 million passengers per month, according to Metro. The only Metro light-rail line with more passengers is the 22-mile Blue Line.
L.A.’s “Train to the Sea” makes it possible for Angelenos to bypass traffic and go between downtown LA and Santa Monica in about 45 minutes. These additional miles—which include a stop near Westwood Boulevard— are helping Bruins get around while reducing air pollution.
UCLA’s State of the Commute 2017 reports more than 22% of all UCLA commuters use public transit as part of their daily travel to the University, including 17% of employees and 28% of students. Campus is just a short hop on the bus from the Expo Line.
The same year the Expo extension opened, we launched the BruinTAP for Transit program, making this commute option even easier. The Go Metro pass gives faculty, staff and students the convenience of an unlimited quarterly pass at a significantly reduced fare.
UCLA commuters also have the option of purchasing a quarterly BruinGO! Flash Pass for unlimited rides on either the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus, or making a discounted $0.50 copayment for each ride with a valid BruinCard.
In addition to the Westwood/Rancho Park Station located south of Pico Boulevard, the new leg features stops near the Motor Avenue Farmers Market, the Bergamot Station art galleries, Third Map Courtesy LA County MetroStreet Promenade and Santa Monica Place, Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier, and Will Rogers State Beach.
The Expo Line project also included construction of a paved bike path that runs parallel to the train tracks beside most of the extension’s route between Culver City and Santa Monica.
Find out more about the Expo Line and how to connect to and from UCLA by visiting www.taketransit.la.