The Expo Line connects the Westside by rail to Downtown LA, Hollywood, the South Bay, Long Beach, Pasadena and dozens of points in between.
Photo by Brian W. Carter
Three Sentinel staffers find out what the Expo line has to offer.
In the Summer time especially, two things are true: one, driving can seem like a chore, and two, this city is full of hidden gems to uncover. Don't let the long days, and gorgeous weather of a Los Angeles summer pass you by this year. We at the Sentinel found one way to experience some of what summer has to offer, while beating traffic at the same time.
Enter the Expo line ready to take three staff writers on an adventure through Los Angeles, but our destination was downtown L.A. First off, everyone should grab a transit access pass (TAP) card, which is only a dollar and allows for a very cheap ride that can take you multiple locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
According to Metro.net, the Expo Line connects the westside by rail to Downtown LA, Hollywood, the South Bay, Long Beach, Pasadena and dozens of points in between. There are also 10 new stations serving USC, Expo Park, and a diverse amount of L.A. neighborhoods such as Culver City, the Crenshaw District and Downtown L.A. The Metro Rail system will expand to 80 stations and over 87 miles of rail to destinations across LA County.
Last week, we staff writers decided to "go metro" for our lunch hour, and you may be surprised at the time we had. With a free Metro park-and-ride enclosed lot just a couple blocks from Sentinel headquarters on Crenshaw, we left our cars in the guarded facility and walked on over to catch the Expo line train to L.A. Live for lunch. No longer having to worry about eyes on the road, we were able to notice the sights and sounds of L.A. along the ride. USC and the museums at Exposition Park are a great place to stop. And the rose garden looked perfect for a stroll, but we were headed downtown because we were hungry. With the BET Experience going on, there was plenty to see at LA Live...
One thing that we noticed is that you will see many different faces aboard the Metro train: a mother riding with her young daughter, a young person eager to get downtown, or even a regular commuter who indulges in their book every ride. The beauty of the Expo Line is that EVERYONE rides it. It could be a friend, your grandmother or even a local businessman. And together, the ride is smooth and quick getting all to their desired destinations.
All-in-all, we had a great time riding the Expo line as it gave us a chance to see all the highlights the city has to offer. We also enjoyed a nice lunch and got a chance to get out of our mid-day lunch hour rut. The Expo Line is a cheap gem that is ready to take you anywhere you want to go. We highly suggest you that you take a weekend ride on the Expo Line by yourself or with the family. It’s worth it.
P.S. Please make sure to wear your tennis shoes because you may have to make a mad dash for the train—like we did.