The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities in Santa Monica today, July 16, and will continue for several months.
Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations.
The testing will take place along the light rail alignment between Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles and 4th Street and Santa Monica. It will take place Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
What to Expect in Santa Monica:
— Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently before the crossing gates are activated at gated crossings and the train signals are coordinated along Colorado.
— During this time, testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers and safety personnel.
— Once the crossing gates are operational and the signals are coordinated, testing will continue on a more regular schedule.
— The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.
— Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.
— Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
— Always look both ways before crossing any street.
— Never walk on railroad tracks.
— Watch for trains from both directions.
— Use the crosswalks.
— Do not jaywalk across the tracks.
Testing schedules are dynamic, and updated information will be provided as necessary.