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Expo Begins Testing Trains


The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities the week of April 6 and continue for several months.

Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will first take place in the eastern portion of the project between Venice Boulevard and Military Avenue and will later proceed across the entire alignment.

The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations.

The testing will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MTA advises on what you can expect:

• Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently for approximately three weeks before the crossing gates are activated. During this time testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers.

• Once the crossing gates are operational, testing will continue on a more regular schedule.

• The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.

• Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.

• As testing proceeds along the alignment, supplemental notices will be issued.

MTA shares important safety tips:

• Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.

• Always look both ways before crossing any street.

• Never walk on railroad tracks.

• Watch for trains from both directions.

• Use the crosswalks.

• Do not jaywalk across the tracks.

The final leg of the Expo line is expected to be open to commuters in early 2016.


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