LOCAL CALIFORNIA

It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside.

Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.

Metro passengers are getting free rides from downtown to Santa Monica until trains stop running Saturday night.

Uber offering discounts for rides to or from Expo Line stations

A lot of people are excited about the first train service in more than half a century to go from downtown to the Santa Monica shore. Uber wants to get in on the action.

On Thursday, the company sent L.A. customers a promotion, offering $5 off any UberPool trip that begins or ends at a new Expo Line station.

"Here's $5. Drive less. Explore more," the email began.

The promotion code for the deal? EXPLOREMORELA. 

Seven new stations open to the public on Friday. But getting to and from them may not be so convenient for some would-be travelers -- which spells opportunity for ride-hailing companies.

UberPool is Uber's version of carpooling. Riders join others heading in the same direction and split the fare. 

Uber said the deal would be good this weekend only.

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