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Old 09-12-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Interesting to see how fast the Expo Line has become popular. It's already beat it's ridership estimates for 2020!

Metro’s August ridership estimates: Expo Line reaches new high, Red/Purple Line have second-best month | Metro's The Source
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Pretty great, can't wait to see the ridership when it goes to Santa Monica. By 2020 it should be pushing the Blue Line as the highest ridership in the country for a single LRT line.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:01 PM
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I'm definitely surprised at how the Expo Line has exploded like that, but also not surprised at the same time. I agree that it will be great once it expands to Santa Monica.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:51 AM
 
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When it reaches Santa Monica, it will be a very big increase. The tourists, and I mean foreign tourists, will likely flock to it because they are always trying to get to Santa Monica by rail or other more efficient mode than bus.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I'm obviously happy with the Expo Line and have used it several times, but it still upsets me that the train doesn't have signal priority at several places (Vermont, Crenshaw, streets between USC & Downtown). I mean this thing could be so much better if you weren't sitting idle for 1 minute at each of these locations potentially. Probably 5 minutes could be shaved off the travel time on the trip from Culver City to 7th/Metro.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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When it reaches Santa Monica, it will be a very big increase. The tourists, and I mean foreign tourists, will likely flock to it because they are always trying to get to Santa Monica by rail or other more efficient mode than bus.
Sounds like me on last year
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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When it reaches Santa Monica, it will be a very big increase. The tourists, and I mean foreign tourists, will likely flock to it because they are always trying to get to Santa Monica by rail or other more efficient mode than bus.
There'll be an even bigger increase when the Regional Connector's up and running.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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When it reaches Santa Monica, it will be a very big increase. The tourists, and I mean foreign tourists, will likely flock to it because they are always trying to get to Santa Monica by rail or other more efficient mode than bus.
Do non foreign tourists still go to Santa Monica , it was seem like it's heavily European .

Of course many Americans hardly get anytime off or don't take their time off .

They also probably spend more on other stuff versus travel . The house , cars , etc

I know last time I took the Redline I saw at least a couple groups that looked like European tourists .

It's cool they take the Redline when many of the European descended Americans in LA won't .

I don't see ridership going down with the way traffic and gas prices are going .

There's a ton of stuff that can be done even within the rail lines these days .
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:57 AM
 
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I take the Expo line to school... I couldn't believe how crazy pack it was at 3pm the first time I rode on it!

Edit: that said I can't wait for the extension to finish (and also to the extension of the Gold Line to a lesser extent)
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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My first year in L. A. (1976) I lived on Bagley north of Venice in Palms and went to USC. If I lived there now, I'd have a one-seat ride to USC! (or at most, take the Santa Monica 12 bus to the Coulvery City station). Plus, when the extension opens, I could walk like a half-block and see the trains crossing Bagley at grade (I wouldn't be worried about noise, because my apartment was on the south side of the buidling, facing Venice)

Maybe I can move back to L. A. and get my old apartment back! (I'm pretty sure the rent is exorbitant there now, even though the building is old (built in 1959, IIRC).
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