L.A. Now Live: Study shows Expo Line affects driving habits

Metro Blue Line cars zip past a station near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, where the Blue Line converges with the Expo Line.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Join Times transportation writer Laura J. Nelson for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 9 a.m. about Metro’s Expo Line and a new study released this week.

Nelson reported that after the light-rail line opened, Angelenos who lived within a half-mile of the station tripled their rail ridership and reduced their daily driving by 40%, according to the study.

Furthermore, households within a half-mile of an Expo Line station reduced their driving by 10 to 12 miles a day, compared with those who lived farther away.


The 8.6-mile Expo Line opened April 28, 2012 to much fanfare as one of the first rail connections in decades to penetrate the traffic-clogged Westside. It runs from the 7th Street/Metro Center station to Culver City.

During the chat, readers can send in their questions and comments and we’ll get to as many of them as we can starting at 9 a.m.