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Downtown and Culver City soon to be connected by Expo line

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2012, at 04:09PM
Flickr via ExpoLightRail

The Expo Line will be picking up passengers at the Farmdale and Culver City stations starting Wednesday, June 20.

The Expo Line, which currently runs from Downtown's 7th Street Metro Center to La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards in Culver City, will finally be completed on June 20.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced yesterday that the previously incomplete Farmdale and Culver City stations will open to the public at noon on that Wednesday. Those entering at either of those two stations will be able to ride the train for free that day, according to the Metro blog.

“We are answering the call from voters to provide more transit options and creating career opportunities for Angelenos in the process," Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Metro is encouraging Downtowners and fans of Art Walk to take the rail to Culver City on the third Wednesday of every month for "Summer Solstice" Happy Hour, a festival similar in theme to Art walk.

The station, which is opening the same day the festival is being held, is only one block away from several galleries, restaurants and shops. Free samples and prize giveaways will greet festival-goers from over 30 local vendors, according to Metro.

Festivities last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Metro will continue over the next few weeks to run test trains into the new Culver City station to make sure everything is operating properly. The station is located at Washington and National boulevards.

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