Expo Light Rail

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Ready to move, Santa Monica?


Tired of sitting in traffic on the I-10? Steady growth in the region is expected to increase traffic on the I-10 freeway and major east-west streets. But by 2016, the EXPO Line will offer a great option for Santa Monicans to move around town gridlock-free, and get from here to Downtown LA in less than 50 minutes—even during rush hour! The Exposition Light Rail Project (Expo LRT) is a 15-mile light rail line extending from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica and will be the first extension of Metro rail to the west side.  When complete, it should take 46 minutes to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica. The project, which has come to fruition after over twenty years of collaboration and planning between multiple jurisdictions, is part of a significant county-wide investment in transportation.

Expo LRT in Santa Monica will consist of three stations, a maintenance facility, a bike path, and approximately three miles of trackway.  East of 17th Street, tracks will run in the existing Metro right-of-way located south of Colorado and crossing to the south side of Olympic Boulevard near 20th Street. West of 17th Street the tracks will run in the center of Colorado Avenue. The three stations in Santa Monica will be 26th Street/Bergamot, 17th Street/Santa Monica College, and Downtown Santa Monica (at 4th/Colorado).

The Expo LRT to Santa Monica is a significant and long-term public investment in transit, city-wide and regional mobility, and sustainability.  It will provide Santa Monica residents, employees, students and visitors with easier access to major destinations both locally and regionally. The light rail stations were incorporated in the City’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and are part of an integrated citywide strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and achieve no net new evening peak trips. Project completion is targeted for 2015 with MTA revenue operation starting late 2015 to early 2016.

For more information on the project, visit BuildExpo.org.

For information on the Expo Maintenance Facility, click here.

For information on the Buffer Park, click here

For information of the Exposition Corridor Bikepath, click here.



Know Before You Go

Scope

  For the week of April 14. 2014, please note the following activities: 

  1. Lincoln Boulevard 7 DAY STREET CLOSURE  with 24-hour work shift for Rail Installation – beginning 3am on Monday April 21, 2014 until 6am Wednesday April 28, 2014.

         For more information about this closure with a detour map, please visit: http://fb.me/1dfeo3Ax5 

         Northbound Lincoln Blvd will be closed to through traffic at Colorado Avenue and will be detoured at Olympic Boulevard.  Left and                right turns onto Colorado Avenue will be prohibited.

    • Southbound Lincoln Blvd will be closed to through traffic at Colorado Avenue and will be detoured at Santa Monica Boulevard. Right turns onto Colorado Avenue will be allowed, but left turns will be prohibited.
    • Colorado Avenue will be closed at 7th Street and 9th Street, but local access will remain.  Turns from Colorado Ave onto Lincoln Blvd will be prohibited.
    • Eastbound Colorado Avenue will be detoured at 7th Street and westbound Colorado Avenue will be detoured at 11th Street.
    • The I-10 Freeway exit at Lincoln Blvd will remain open and northbound traffic will be detoured at 7th Street.

  1. Colorado Avenue between 5th & 18th Streets    - Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Expect reduction of travel lanes during the non-peak daytime hours at 6th and 7th, @ Colorado.  Alleys on the north side of Colorado between 6th and 18th Street will have limited access at Colorado.  Sidewalk and lane closures on north or south side of Colorado between 6th and 10th Streets.
  2. Lincoln Boulevard between Broadway and I-10  – expect Northbound & Southbound lane closures during non-peak  daytime and nighttime hours.
  3. Olympic Blvd between 20th St and Centinela Ave  – reduction to one eastbound lane 24-hours per day for approximately 6 days. This closure is scheduled between 8am Monday 4/14/14 and 5pm Saturday 4/19/14.

For more information about the Expo Line project, visit BuildExpo.org or call (213) 922-EXPO (3976).

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    Detour Information

    Due to Expo Light Rail Construction, Big Blue Bus Route 5 has been detoured from Colorado Ave. to Broadway. Buses will be detoured in both directions.  Starting on 20th St. at Colorado Ave. (to the east), buses will travel along Broadway between 20th St. and 4th St. (to the west).  Regular route will resume towards Wilshire Blvd. For more information on this project, a map and a list of stops, visit www.BigBlueBus.com or call (310) 451-5444.

    For more information about the Expo Line project, visit BuildExpo.org or call (213) 922-EXPO (3976).


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    Location

    • On Colorado, from 4th Street to 18th Street
    • On Olympic Blvd., from 20th Street to Cloverfield Blvd.

    Contacts

    • Exposition Construction Authority Hotline
    • (213) 922-EXPO (3976)
    • Alex Nazarchuk
    • City of Santa Monica
    • Civil Engineer
    • (310) 458-8736

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    Other Resources

    Community Workshops:

    4/23/2014 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice

    1/21/2014 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    10/23/2013 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    7/24/2013 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    4/29/2013 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    1/23/2013 - Construction and Design Update -Meeting Notice and Presentation

    10/24/2012 - Design Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    7/18/2012 - Design Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    11/15/2011 - Design Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

    Key Staff Reports:

    9/13/2011 - Master Cooperative Agreement

    9/13/2011 - Update on the Expo Light Rail Project

    Media Covereage:

    Officials break ground on Santa Monica Rail Extension Los Angeles Times

    All aboard: Officials break ground on Expo line Santa Monica Daily Press

    Expo Line Phase 2 Groundbreaking Ceremony Held in Santa Monica Santa Monica Mirror

     

    Project Contacts

    Expo Construction Authority
    Contact: info@buildexpo.org

    Hotline: 213.922.EXPO (3976)

    Main Office: 213.243.5500
    707 Wilshire Boulevard, 34th Floor | Los Angeles, CA 90017

    1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-8411 · TTY (310) 917-6626