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Two Stations Serving Expo Line to Santa Monica to Temporarily Close on Saturday
By Jorge Casuso
June 18, 2019 -- Fewer people will likely take a train to Santa Monica this summer after two stations in Downtown Los Angeles that serve the popular Expo Line close for two months on Saturday.
The Expo Line service at the 7th St/Metro Center and Pico stations will be closed for construction work that is part of the New Blue Improvements Project, Metro officials announced.
During the closures, westbound passengers to Santa Monica will need to board at LATTC/Ortho Institute Station, where trains will follow the usual schedule, Metro officials said.
Passengers can take shuttle buses to and from the closed stations, which are scheduled to reopen in late August.
Free 856 Local bus shuttles will run everyday with the same frequency of Expo Line trains, and Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will operate supplementary, rush-hour shuttles.
The BBB shuttles will run between 7th/Metro and LATTC/Ortho, but will not stop at Pico Station.
Metro urges Expo Line riders "to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their downtown L.A. destinations."
Subway trains on the Red/Purple Line at 7th/Metro in downtown L.A. will run on their regular schedules during construction work on the Blue and Expo Lines.
Last year, 1,626,301 westbound Expo passengers alighted at the Downtown Santa Monica Station at the end of the line, according to MTA ridership data.
During that year, 1,956,408 passengers boarded eastbound Expo trains at the Downtown Santa Monica Station.
The construction work at the two shuttered stations are part of an eight month, $350-million modernization project started in January.
The project will "improve reliability, enhance safety and improve the customer experience" on the Metro Blue Line, transit officials said.
Part of the work involves replacing track at the junction of the Expo and Blue lines at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street and in the 7th/Metro tunnel.
Improvements to the southern section of the line, which were completed June 1, marked the halfway point of the project, Metro officials said.
For information visit the New Blue website or call the project hotline (213) 418-3039.
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