LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Metro’s new Expo Line will officially begin service to the Westside Wednesday.
Beginning at 12 p.m., commuters will be able to take the train to downtown Culver City, as well as the Farmdale station.
Metro dedicated the first phase of its $930 million Expo Line, which connects Exposition Park to the La Cienega area, back in April.
The 7.6-mile route is providing rail service to the traffic-choked Westside for the first time in 50 years.
Train tickets run $1.50 per board, but discounts are offered for seniors, students and regular monthly commuters. Passengers traveling to the Culver City or Farmdale stations Wednesday will receive a free ticket for a future ride.
The $1.5 billion second phase of the project, which will run all the way to Santa Monica, is expected to be completed in four years.
Metro officials are expecting 64,000 riders a day by 2030, which will rival the busy Long Beach-Downtown Los Angeles route.
The Exposition Park stop, which is directly across from the University of Southern California, is also connecting thousands of students to the campus and easing traffic on Exposition and Martin Luther King boulevards.