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Published on Apr 10, 2012
Friends 4 Expo and Light-Rail for Cheviot, the grassroots groups that advocated the planning and construction of the Expo Line, ride it 18 days before it opens, during its prerevenue operation. The video is from the cab of an eastbound three-car Nippon Sharyo train, which departs the La Cienega Station and arrives the 7th Street / Metro Center Station in Downtown Los Angeles.
The ride starts at the aerial La Cienega Station, then come the aerial La Brea Station next, then the at-grade Farmdale, Crenshaw, Western, Vermont, Expo Park / USC, Jefferson/USC, 23rd Street, and Pico Stations, respectively, and it ends at the underground 7th Street / Metro Center Station.
The train operator spends extreme caution on safety, carefully looking at the surroundings and slowing down for any hazards near the tracks.
Interestingly, at the Expo Line - Blue Line junction, the northbound Expo Line train waits for a northbound Blue Line train. The Expo Line train then waits for two trains at the platforms of the 7th Street / Metro Center Station. This train congestion results in a 9-minute delay to the schedule, with the trip taking 34 minutes instead of the scheduled 25 minutes.
Video date and time: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12.36 pm.