Officials celebrate opening of Westside-bound Expo rail line
A marching band from USC played as the inaugural Expo Line train pulled into the station at Exposition Park on Friday afternoon carrying public officials and dignitaries, a day before the first segment opens to the public.
"The opening of the first phase of the Expo Line signifies a critical step towards a 21st century transportation network," said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.
The first phase of the Expo Line will run from the downtown 7th Street/Metro Center Station west to La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards. Metro is offering free rides on the line Saturday and Sunday.
County Supervisor and Metro board member Mark Ridley-Thomas led an enthusiastic crowd of invited guests in a chant: "Go Expo! Go Expo!"
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: An Expo Line train pulls into the Exposition Park Station near USC. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times