Just Another Day In SouthLA
The Expo Line is up and running from Labrea Avenue in Baldwin Hills to Seventh Street Metro Station in Downtown. The Expo Line is the first rail to the westside since the Los Angeles Red Car, don’t quote me on that, but basically its been a long time since you could ride a rail to the Westside. The Expo Line is only currently open to Baldwin Hills, however in the summer it plans to open up to Culver City. Although the Expo Line is now connecting the Westside, not everyone is happy. Some people are complaining that instead of the proposed/expected 26 minute travel time, it’s taking 30 minutes or more to get from Baldwin Hills to Downtown due to traffic lights along the rail. At yesterday’s Expo Construction Authority Board meeting, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said he was pushing Metro to work closer with the LADOT to synchronize traffic lights so trains move up and down Downtown’s Flower Street faster. He also announced that Monday’s ridership was 9,000. Sounds bad, but there’re a few things to remember. One, the Gold Line eastside extension also opened to small numbers in 2009, but grows every month.