Test Expo Train Reaches Santa Monica for First Time in Years

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Expo test train crosses bridge at Centinela Boulevard
Expo test train crosses bridge at Centinela Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Expo Line Fan via Hello Expo Facebook group

Photos are circulating on Facebook and Ipernity of an Expo Line test train reaching the City of Santa Monica this morning.

It is the first time in many, many years that trains have passed down these tracks. Passenger trains last used the Exposition Line in the 1950s, though freight rail continued into the 1980s. Metro is expecting to open Phase 2 of the Expo Line in early 2016.

A test train, being towed under the power of a rail truck, made it under the 405, across Sawtelle, and all the way to Stewart Street, to just shy of the 26th Street/Bergamot Station.

Additional photos by Expo Line Fan at Ipernity.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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