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Culver City welcomes Expo Line light rail to the Westside

June 20, 2012 |  1:04 pm

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Transportation officials opened the Culver City station of the Expo light rail line Wednesday, beginning with a symbolic downtown-meets-the-Westside handshake between the mayors of Los Angeles and Culver City.

The station marks the furthest rail has reached into the Westside in more than 50 years, and officials celebrated with balloons, a barbershop quartet and other festivities.

"We look forward to the station serving thousands of passengers in the years to come," said Culver City Mayor Andy Weissman.

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Officials opened most of the first phase of the line in April, allowing commuters to travel 7.9 miles between downtown Los Angeles and the eastern edge of Culver City in about half an hour.

But they did not open two stations -- Culver City and Farmdale -- because workers needed more time to finish.

The Farmdale Avenue stop, which is adjacent to Dorsey High School, also will open Wednesday. The extension to Culver City is about 0.7 miles from the previous terminus at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards.

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Photo: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, walks with Culver City Councilman Micheal O'Leary after stepping off the Expo Line at the Culver City station on Wednesday. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

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