The first Santa Monica train to pull into the city since 1953 rolled into service on Friday, May 20, 2016, connecting Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles.
The Expo Line light rail service that previously ran between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City now treks an additional 6.6. miles west to downtown Santa Monica.
The new westernmost station is at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue - depositing passengers within walking distance of Santa Monica's best attractions: the Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Place.
Best of all - the train can make the 15-mile trek from downtown to Santa Monica in just 46 minutes - even during rush hour.
It's a testament to Los Angeles' notorious traffic that this is a feat completed at a maximum route speed of 55 mph, although it generally runs much slower.
1. This is the first rail transit to the far Westside since streetcars halted service in 1953.
2. The Expo Line train will be a good alternative to the congested 10/Santa Monica freeway. The trip between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the Downtown Santa Monica Stations is expected to take 46 minutes.
3. The current Expo Line runs for 8.5 miles between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. The 6.6-mile extension adds seven stations:
4. Trains will run every 12 minutes at most times of the day with service beginning around 4 a.m. weekdays and ending around midnight. Friday and Saturday nights, the Expo Line will run until 2 a.m.
5. Parking is available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (250 spaces), and 17th Street/Santa Monica College (70 spaces). The fee is expected to be $2 a day for drivers using the Metro Rail.
6. A regular adult fare on the Santa Monica train is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers. There will be discounts for seniors, students, the disabled, and Medicare recipients.
7. There is a paved bike path along much of the train line between Culver City and Palms, and between Overland Avenue and Colorado/17th Street station in Santa Monica.
8. The Metro Rail will grow to 105 miles of routes with the addition of the Expo 2 line to Santa Monica and the Gold Line to Azusa.
9. Santa Monica is the 17th city in Los Angeles to have a Metro Rail station.
10. The Expo Line largely follows the old Exposition railroad right-of-way that was used by Pacific Electric streetcars and freight trains.
The downtown to Santa Monica train runs from approximately 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. weekdays, and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information and rail schedules, visit Expo Light Rail here.