Los Angeles has extended the Expo line of its Metro system out to the beach, a big boost for commuters, vacationers and local weekend relaxers. It turns what can be up to a 2-hour drag in traffic from downtown to Santa Monica beach into a 45 minute ride.
The new line extension opened Friday, May 20, so this is the first weekend for the service. which added 7 stations and over 6.5 miles to the line, which runs until 3 am. At $1.75 each way, it's a bargain: at current gas prices, it could easily cost more to drive and even more to park.