The Latest: LA-area light rail now reaches to the ocean

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Posted: May 20, 2016 3:39 PM
The Latest: LA-area light rail now reaches to the ocean

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the extension of commuter light rail across Los Angeles to the Pacific for the first times in decades. (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Commuter light rail now extends across metropolitan Los Angeles to the Pacific for the first time since the 1950s.

Friday's opening of the final leg of the Expo Line connects seaside Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles and Metro rail connections as far inland as suburban Azusa, some 40 miles from the coast.

The milestone fulfills a decades-long dream of public officials and transit fans. Its true test, however, will be whether it can shake up the commuting status quo in sprawling and automobile-dependent LA.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the ride from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica will take 48 minutes. That may hardly sound speedy for a 15-mile trip, but the nearly constant congestion of Interstate 10, the usual car route for the trip, can often take just as long or longer.

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A light rail line is about to extend across metropolitan Los Angeles to the Pacific for the first time since the 1950s.

Starting Friday morning with the opening of the final leg of the Expo Line, riders can now ride Metro rail from the far-inland suburbs some 40 miles to the sands of Santa Monica.

The milestone fulfills a decades-long dream of public officials and transit fans. Its true test, however, will be whether it can shake up the commuting status quo in sprawling and automobile-dependent LA.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the ride from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica will take 48 minutes. That may hardly sound speedy for a 15-mile trip, but the nearly constant congestion of Interstate 10, the usual car route for the trip, can often take just as long or longer.