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Monday, September 12, 2011

Santa Monica to Down Town LA Expo Line to open 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in Santa Monica Monday for the second phase of the Expo Line, which promises to get commuters from downtown Los Angeles to the heart of the Westside in just 30 minutes.

The first phase of the light rail line will run about 8 ½ miles west from L.A. to Culver City. Most of that stage is set to open later this year with a final section becoming operational in 2012. Earlier this year, officials began testing the rails and announced a target operating date of November 15.

Construction on the first phase began in 2006 and ended up costing nearly $300 million more than first expected. Officials blamed the price tag on delays and an increase in material costs.

Phase two, with a budget of $1.5 million, will extend the line another 6.6 miles to Santa Monica and is expected to open in 2015.

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