SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Construction begins Monday on the next phase of the Expo Line project, which will extend light rail service from Culver City to Santa Monica.

A large crowd is expected to gather at a 9 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony near the corner of 4th Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

In just four years, Expo lines are expected to run from downtown Los Angeles to USC, as well as west to Culver City and Santa Monica.

Tracks and stations are almost ready for passenger service as far west as La Brea Avenue.

Metro is also planning on running regular trains along Exposition Boulevard in just six weeks.

Officials, however, will have to answer tough questions about sticking to projected deadlines and budgets.

The first phase of the project, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, went over budget and ran behind schedule.

The second phase, which includes seven new train stations, is expected to cost $1.5 billion.

Comments (6)
  1. Sam says:

    Super. Just like the 105 freeway, this will provide an easier way for crime to spread across the county. Thanks for nothing.

    1. Barry G says:

      If you don’t like progress then move to the Moon!!!

  2. Barry G says:

    For those old enough to remember the old red line trolly running down Venice blvd. from downtown to Santa Monica, as I have been told, the past has come alive!!!, Its about time!!!

  3. Earl says:

    Last Station Ready for use is Not La Brea Avenue

    The Last Station All Most Ready Is La Cienega

    You need to Fix Your Story

    This Is Bad Reporting You did Not Research your Story your Facts are Incorect

  4. Carter R says:

    Today’s video segment on the Expo Phase II incorrectly used a logo of Metrolink — the five-county commuter rail system — instead of Metro’s logo.

    It also incorrectly referred to the Expo Line as a commuter rail line. It would be more correct to call it “light rail.”

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