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Los Angeles completes Metro Expo Line Extension

From tomorrow visitors to Los Angeles will have the opportunity to experience the city’s neighbourhoods like never before as the second phase of the long-awaited today Expo Line Extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is completed.

To commemorate this milestone and celebrate the three-year anniversary of its eco-tourism initiative, car-free LA. Discover Los Angeles is unveiling two new self-guided itineraries:

  • Discover Downtown Car Free enables visitors to explore one of LA’s most talked about neighbourhoods and explore new hotel developments, restaurants and cultural attractions.
  • Discover Metro Expo Line Car Free shares information on how to make the most of the Metro’s 15 mile stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica and experience all the neighbourhood gems in between.

“The Metro Expo Line Extension marks a significant moment in LA County’s transit revolution, making it easier and more convenient to see all that LA has to offer,” said Ernest Wooden, president, Discover Los Angeles.

“For the first time in 63 years, residents and visitors will be able to travel between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica aboard a railway.

“The 6.6 mile, $1.5-billion extension project is proof that our city is committed to changing perceptions of our car-centric roots, while programs like car free LA enhance the Los Angeles visitor experience without relying on a car.”

One of the hottest neighbourhoods in the city, Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a major renaissance with exciting attractions, ranging from celebrated cultural institutions and world-class dining to globally-inspired street art and premier entertainment venues.

The Metro extension makes navigating these attractions straightforward for visitors, with several stops located in and around the neighbourhood.

Discover LA’s new Downtown itinerary contains an extensive range of ideas and suggestions, with highlights including the new SkySlide, a glass-bottomed slide hovering 1,000 feet above city sidewalks; Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917; and The Last Bookstore, California’s largest used and new book and record store.

The second self-guided itinerary, designed to help visitors explore the rest of LA without a car, features must-see activities at multiple stops along the 15 mile stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica.

Tourists can hop on and off the Metro and immerse themselves in the distinctly different neighbourhoods ranging from Exposition Park, home to a world-class collection of museums, sports facilities and recreations areas; La Brea, hub for culture, shopping, art and dining; and Culver City, one of LA’s most historic and scenic neighbourhoods filled with eclectic mix of bookstores, furniture stores and world-class dining.

Images courtesy Los Angeles Metro