Metro Rail Expansion in Time for 2028 Olympics

In spite of the notoriously congested road traffic that has plagued the Southland since the beginning of time, the light rail system that currently connects disparate ends of the city will be broadened to include more stops. This will facilitate taking cars off the road, and allow spectators to go to and from the various venues spread throughout town without needing to drive.

Currently, 3 major rail expansion projects are in the works, as shown in the above map posted by Metro Los Angeles on July 31, ahead of the IOC’s meeting last month in Lima, Peru.

The Purple Line extension will bring the current terminus, at Wilshire/Western, 9 miles down Wilshire Blvd. to the Westwood VA hospital, at a cost of 7.8 billion dollars.

Purple Line Extension (Photo credit:

Secondly, the Crenshaw Line, a brand new line will connect the Expo Line to the Green Line. Eventually, an additional stop will connect this line to the future LAX people mover. This line will have a stop near the Forum and the currently under construction future home of the Rams in Inglewood.

Crenshaw Line (Photo Credit: Curbed LA)

Lastly, the 1.9 mile regional connector will connect the Blue and Expo Lines with the Gold Line in DTLA. This project is set to open by 2021:

The Regional Connector Transit Corridor is an under-construction underground light rail corridor through Downtown Los Angeles to connect the Blue and Expo Lines to the current Gold Line and Union Station


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