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 8 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 - Purple Line Extension Construction
Tour the site of the extension of the Purple Line to Beverly Hills and beyond. One of Metro’s priority projects, the Purple Line Extension is a critically important rail project that will provide a high-capacity, high-speed and, dependable alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Westwood, where stations will be near UCLA and the VA Hospital.
From the current terminus at Wilshire/Western, the Purple Line Extension will extend westward for about nine miles and add seven new stations providing easy access to the Westside, the region’s second-largest job center.
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 Metro’s newest line that 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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