Eyes on the Street: Expo Tests Underway

Photo: Gökhan Esirgen

Finally, there are actual trains running on the Expo Light rail line, even if they are just test lines.  Streetsblog reader Gökhan Esirgen, a vocal backer of the Expo Line, was there to immortalize the day.  He also provides the following historical note to accompany his picture:

First Expo Line test train with a fresh paint job that looks brand-new being pulled south toward USC with a high-rail vehicle on Flower St just north of Adams Blvd. Also, seen in the far background on the left is Alan K. Weeks taking pics, who had also captured shots of the last ride of the Air Line (predecessor of the Expo Line) in 1953 when he was 21.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Westsiders Vent at Last Night’s Expo Meeting

|
  Last night the Expo Construction Authority held a community meeting in the Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services Gymnasium, right in the heart of a community that has historically been opposed to construction of Phase II of the Expo Line.  As expected, it was hard to find a supporter of extending light rail […]

Expo Update: And Twenty Years Later, Ground Was Broken

|
Sometime in the late 1980’s, the last Southern Pacific Freight train rumbled along Exposition Boulevard in West L.A. and Santa Monica before voters passed Proposition C and the newly formed Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority purchased the entire right of way.  What followed was two decades of studies, public hearings, lawsuits, Phase I of the Expo Line […]

Open Thread: Expo Phase Two Grand Opening

|
The day Los Angeles transit enthusiasts have been waiting for finally arrived this morning when the 6.6 mile extension of the Expo line opened, bringing passenger rail back to the westside of L.A. County for the first time since 1953. Opening festivities continue tomorrow with celebrations at five of the seven new stations and a celebration […]