For the first time since the 1953, it will be possible to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica by rail.
Metro CEO Phil Washington announced today that Phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line will open on May 20. Once open, it's expected that riders will be able to travel between the two cities in 46 minutes.
While Expo Line service already stretches 8.5 miles to Culver City, this 6.6-mile extension will add six additional stations to the line and reach a terminus at 4th Street & Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.
"With the Expo Line Phase 2 to Santa Monica, we have a great example of how Metro is expanding and organizing our transportation network to better serve our region and help ease traffic," Washington said.
In a post to its blog The Source, Metro described this location as "steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, the beach, Santa Monica Place, the Third Street Promenade, the Palisades Park, Tongva Park and the Santa Monica Civic Center."
"Trains will run every 12 minutes at most times of the day," according to the post, from about 4 a.m. until about 12 a.m. Service will last until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
This is one of two rail projects funded by Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase passed by L.A. County voters in 2008. The other is the Gold Line, which will fully open on March 5.