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


Expo Light Rail Line – For the week of September 15, 2014 please note the following activities: 5th Street Between I-10 Freeway and Colorado - Southbound street closures during daytime hours.  Local access via northbound 5th and u-turn per detour.

  1. 26th St. between Olympic Blvd. and Cloverfield Ave. – Full closure at intersections for track work and roadway improvements from 7:00AM September 15th to 6:00AM September 20th. For more information, visit KBUG or our Facebook page SMConstructs.
    1. https://www.facebook.com/SMConstructs
    2. http://www.smgov.net/departments/publicworks/civeng_kbug.aspx
  2. 16th St and Colorado – Roadwork on 16th from Colorado. Access from Olympic Blvd.
  3. 6th & Colorado scheduled signal outage – September 15th to 19th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
  4. Colorado Avenue between 5th & 18th Streets  - Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between 6th and 18th Street will have limited access at Colorado. 
  5. 16th St. and Colorado Ave : Closure on 16th from Colorado.
  6. 17th St. and Colorado Ave:  Eastbound Colorado Ave. and northbound right-turn lane closures during daytime hours.
  7. 20th St. between Colorado Ave. and Olympic Blvd.- Northbound and southbound lane closures during daytime hours.
  8. Cloverfield Ave. and Olympic Blvd. – Eastbound Olympic right turn lane and southbound Cloverfield lane closures.
  9. Stewart St. b/w Olympic Blvd. and Exposition Blvd.- Northbound and southbound lane closures during daytime hours, traffic will be maintained.
  10. Olympic Blvd. between 20th St. and Stewart St. – Eastbound and westbound lane closures between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

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





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).


KBUG Google Map


  • From September 15, 2014 to September 21, 2014


  • On Colorado, from 5th Street to 18th Street
  • On Olympic Blvd., from 20th Street to Cloverfield Blvd.
  • On 26th Street, from Olympic Bl. to Cloverfield Avenue
  • On Stewart St., from Olympic Bl. to Exposition Bl.
  • On 16th St., from Colorado Blvd. to Olympic Blvd.


  • 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:

9/16/2014 - Construction Update -Meeting Notice

4/23/2014 - Construction Update - Meeting Notice and Presentation

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