I was fortunate to be invited to ride a test run of the new Expo Line yesterday. The first half of this line opens up to the public on April 28th. It is just beautiful, especially the way the line integrates with USC. The second half to Santa Monica opens up in a few years.
Here is a pic that I took with my mobile phone that is quintessentially Los Angeles:
At the Western station, on the southeast corner of Expo and Western, there is a gas station that has a vegan bakery. This is why I love Los Angeles.
I was able to join this test run thanks to Eli Lipmen of AJC (American Jewish Committee), where in full disclosure I am currently working.
AJC is a strong supporter the Expo Line, of Measure R and of Mayor Villaraigosa's "30/10 Plan".
According to Eli Lipmen, AJC Communications Strategist, “AJC is committed to public transportation in the City of Los Angeles because we need to break our dangerous dependence on oil produced by hostile countries. Measure R, the 30/10 Plan, and more public transportation options in Los Angeles will reduce the amount of fossil fuels being used in the region while also reducing traffic and emissions that can cause respiratory diseases. It is a win-win-win!”
Here is a view of Century City from the platform at the new LaCienega station on the Expo Line:
We are halfway from Downtown to the beach. Now let's work together to complete the second half of the Expo line all the way to Santa Monica as soon as possible. While we are at it, let's get the Westside Subway extension to West L.A. and the Crenshaw/LAX line extended to West Hollywood and Hollywood/Highland.
By the way, since the color of this line on the map is light blue, why not call it the Aqua Line since it will eventually be going to Santa Monica anyway?