Earlier this morning at the Metro Board Meeting, CEO Art Leahy announced that pre-revenue operation of the Expo Line Phase I will begin on Monday. “Pre-revenue operation” is usually the last phase of tests a new fixed rail transit line undergoes before the line opens to the public. The agency will run trains on the line as though service has begun although there won’t be any passengers on the train other than the crew and any special guests.
The beginning of pre-revenue while construction of the station in Culver City is ongoing means that if no other problems pop up, Phase I will open sometime this Spring but end at the station located at La Cienega and Jefferson Blvd. An opening for the completed line will come a couple of months after the station is completed in Culver City.
While this is good news for supporters of the Expo Line, the question most people still have is, “when will Phase I open?” Pre-revenue operations usually run somewhere between six and eight weeks, so an opening in April isn’t out of the question. According to The Source, the agency is playing it close to the vest and hasn’t announced an opening date yet.