LOS ANGELES—Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Bernard Parks were joined by other officials at the Expo Line’s new Western Avenue Station to highlight the progress that has been made and preview the new trains that are to start running from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City later this year.
“This project represents a new era in public transportation in our community, and we’re almost ready to roll,” said Councilmember Wesson who chairs the Exposition Light Rail Authority which oversees the construction of the line. “The community is excited and my grandson is very excited. He made me promise to let him ride and I’m looking forward to having him with me on the first ride.”
Other officials attending included Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Expo Vice Chair, as well asCulver City Councilmembers Scott Malsin, and Micheal O’Leary and Santa Monica Councilmember Pam O’Conner.
Testing of the trains is now underway and will continue for the next several months. The trains will operate intermittently along the route during this period. Updated scheduling information will be provided to keep the community informed.
For the first six months, as many as twenty-four Rail Safety Ambassadors will be dispatched to key locations along the route to help the public get accustomed to the new light rail line. They are comprised of former bus and rail operators who will help educate the public on safety and promote safety and good behavior.
Increasing public awareness continues to be a priority. For the past year, Metro’s Rail Safety Education Program has been conducting safety presentations at schools, libraries, recreation centers, senior centers and religious institutions along the project alignment to provide safety training in anticipation of the opening of the Expo Line.