USHSR is proud to offer a selection of rail tours as part of our California conference in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Tours take place Thursday March 2 from 9am - 2pm.
All tours are included in your conference registration fee (no extra charge), but require pre-registration.
Tours are part of the USHSR West Coast Rail Conference program, and are only open to confirmed conference attendees. Tours are available on a first-come basis, and space is limited.
All tours begin at 9am in the lobby of the MTA Headquarters building. You must wear your name badge to participate in the tours. MTA is located at the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Vignes St. - One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952. Directions to MTA
TOUR 1 - Little Tokyo Tunnel Construction
Tour the site of the $1.55 billion Regional Connector Transit Project now underway with two tunnel boring machines in the Little Tokyo area of downtown LA. This is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail tunnel that will connect the Blue, Expo, and Gold lines in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations.
TOUR 2 - LA Metro Rail Operations Center
Tour the command center of the Los Angeles metro rail system consisting of six separate lines (the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, and Gold lines) serving 80 stations in the Los Angeles County area. It connects with the Metro transitway bus rapid transit system (the orange line and silver lines) and also with the Metrolink commuter rail systems. The system, which has an average daily weekday ridership of 357,052 started service in 1990.
TOUR 3 - LA Metro Expo Line Tour
Tour Metro’s newest line that just opened last year connecting downtown to Culver City and the beach in Santa Monica. The Expo Line is a light-rail line named "Expo" after Exposition Boulevard, which it runs alongside for most of its route.
The Expo Line largely follows the right-of-way of the Santa Monica Air Line, which ceased operation in 1953. Several Expo Line stations are built in the same location as Air Line stations. Phase 1 of the Expo Line opened in April, 2012.
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