It's about time. After a 60-year hiatus of any rail system riding into Santa Monica, Metro's Expo Line will link Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica this May, according to an LA Times report. That's right: riders will be able to get to the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and more Santa Monica destinations by rail, hopefully avoiding the clusterfuck that is the 10 Freeway.
The service will begin on May 20. Metro riders will be able to go from Downtown Los Angeles to the last westside stop at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue; the rail currently stops in Culver City. That means riders will only be a mere block away from the Promenade and a half-mile from the beach. If starting in DLTA, the trip will take about 46 minutes with trains running every 12 minutes.
The extension of the rail line will also add seven new stations at:
1. National and Palms boulevards
2. Exposition and Westwood boulevards
3. Exposition and Sepulveda boulevards
4. Exposition Boulevard and Bundy Drive
5. 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard
6. 17th Street and Colorado Avenue
7. 4th Street and Colorado Avenue