Metro is offering transit users free rides on the Expo Line this Friday and Saturday when the highly-anticipated 6.6-mile extension will finally make its way to the Westside.
The free rides on Friday will run from noon until the close of service. On Saturday, May 21, the free rides will begin at 4:42 a.m. in Downtown Santa Monica and at 4:45 a.m. at the 7th/Metro Center Station. Free Saturday rides will continue until the end of service around 2 a.m.
Metro will also be holding celebrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the following stations:
Downtown Santa Monica
Station celebrations will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks, bike valets and pit-stops, information booths, and more.
Need a way to get there without hopping in your car? Metro recently compiled a comprehensive list of bus connections and bike parking for all seven new Expo Line stations.
Check out Metro’s cool “More to Explore” video about the Expo Line Extension below:
Tired of that super long trip on transit between Westwood and Downtown LA?
Well, how does 25 minutes sound?
The Purple Line Extension will add nine miles of track between its current endpoint at Wilshire/Western in Koreatown and the Westwood area. And it may just be hitting the streets 10 years before its initial target date! As projected by the draft spending plan, this new rail line will be in service between 2024 and 2027.
The following Metro stations will be built:
The Westwood/UCLA stop, which will be located at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood, plants you 1.1 miles away from the heart of campus. The Westwood/VA Hospital Station will be located in front of the Veteran Administration’s West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Plus, think of all the places you'll be able to venture to along the Purple Line Extension. Hop off the Wilshire/La Brea Station and visit the La Brea Tar Pits, or step off Wilshire/Fairfax and cross the street to LACMA. The Wilshire/Fairfax stop is about a mile from the Farmers Market and the Grove, and the Wilshire/La Cienega Station is 0.75 miles from the Beverly Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Imagine what your commute could look like when this project is finally completed. So just sit tight: It might even be done before 2024 if UCLA is picked to host the 2024 Summer Olympics!