SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Public transportation to the beach is opening just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer.
The much-anticipated Metro Expo Line extension between Culver City and downtown Santa Monica opens Friday, making the 6.6-mile line will mark the first time rail service has carried passengers to the beach since the 1950s.
The $1.5 billion extension connects the Expo Line from its current terminus near Venice and Robertson boulevards in Culver City to a station at a Colorado Boulevard and Fourth Street in downtown Santa Monica. The extension includes seven new stations, including stops in Palms, West Los Angeles and the area just north of Santa Monica College.
With the extension, the Expo Line will stretch from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, ending at Seventh Street/Metro Center Station at Seventh and Flower Streets. Riders at that station can connect with the Blue, Red and Purple lines into Long Beach, Union Station, North Hollywood or the mid-Wilshire area.