"It gets so crowded sometimes people can’t move," one rider says.
The site is near La Cienega and Jefferson and right by another major mixed-use development.
It argues the market-rate apartments "will lead to rent increases" in the neighborhood.
But the agency says the changes will make service more reliable.
The 102-unit complex will rise alongside the Expo Line.
The plan "reorients development away from sprawl."
It would allow taller mixed-use buildings to be built around five light rail stations on the Westside.
The plan estimates that as many as new 6,000 new housing units could be built around five train stations by 2035.
The Pacific Electric Air Line, aka the Red Cars, blazed a trail the Expo Line picked up.
Metro and LA County would team up with developer Watt Companies to bring almost 500 apartments to a very transit-friendly site.
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For the prettiest commute in Los Angeles, rent a bike-share in Santa Monica and roll down the coast, soaking in ocean views.
Weekday ridership on the light rail, which runs from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, is up to 55,388.
The transit agency surveyed riders of its recently extended Expo Line and finds the light rail is encouraging people to leave their cars at home. But most of these new riders only take the train occasionally.
With parking lots reportedly charging as much $100 on game day, it's no wonder that the Expo Line was an extra-attractive option to riders. In fact, around 10,000 fans per game took advantage of the light rail option.
On top of gripes about train car crowding, the Expo Line has another issue: lateness. Overall, about 24 percent of of Expo trains were late in June, and during evening rush hour, 35 percent of Expo Line trains were late.
There aren't enough train cars to hold all of the passengers, so people are crammed. The hold up in getting new cars is with Metro's contractor in Japan. But the transportation agency's CEO says relief is coming "very, very soon."
The light rail is taking commuters and beach-goers to downtown Santa Monica for the first time in decades. With seven new stops now open, Metro's ridership stats show a big jump in the number of weekend riders.
A mixed-user with a hotel, offices, and apartments is poised to take over parking lots immediately next to the Expo line station near downtown Culver City. One planning commissioner says it has "all the bells and whistles."
Take the train or ride your bike. The dedicated bike lane follows the Expo line extension, taking cyclists from Culver City to Santa Monica, where it stops short of the beach at 17th Street. It's not perfect, but it's a big improvement.
Metro has revealed ridership numbers for the newly extended Expo Line's first full business day. More than 12,000 riders swiped their TAP cards at the seven new stations, suggesting plenty of Westside commuters are giving the train a shot.
Metro's newly extended line to Santa Monica started the work week with some unfortunate delays. First a car ended up on the tracks, then a train broke down and held up others behind it. Will new riders overlook these early issues?
Metro's just-opened Expo Line Extension features unique art installations at every stop along the way. Station artists created pieces that pay tribute to the surrounding communities, as well as Los Angeles's growing transit culture.
What's at the end of this line, a new iPhone? These folks are all clustered around the brand new downtown Santa Monica Expo Line station, either getting on or off the light rail line blocks from the beach, where no train has gone for decades.
Today's the big day—a train to downtown Santa Monica is officially open, opening to the public at noon. The new train will connect Downtown Los Angeles to downtown Santa Monica, giving passengers a ride from DTLA to Santa Monica in under an hour.
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The Expo Line's final leg is now open all the way from Downtown to Santa Monica. Here are all the maps, photos, history, and info you're going to want to know as you ride Los Angeles's first Metro train to the beach.
You've gotten to Santa Monica on the Expo Line (opening Friday). Now what? Three new maps show over a dozen attractions within five minutes of stations, via bike, bus, or on foot to help riders break out of their SaMo rut and explore some new places.
A new video from the Third District representative shows off all the bonuses of public transit with fun animation. It's one of several recently released videos that are stirring up buzz for Metro's new light rail to the sea.
A new video from Metro offers an inside-the-train trip from Culver City to Santa Monica, passing through all the new stations set to open May 20. Aside from a couple of red lights, it looks like a pretty smooth trip.
The Metro Expo Line extension to downtown Santa Monica is coming soon, so soon that the official schedule announcing train times for the new light rail line is now out. A train from downtown SaMo station to DTLA will get you there in 50 minutes.
With the Expo Line extension set to become the first LA train to hit the beach in decades, Metro has a potential new crop of riders: surfers. The agency has ruled that it'll allow surfboards on the train, with some restrictions.
The video showcases the possibilities of a Westside train, showing Expo cruising effortlessly westward across the tracks all the way to the new end of the line in downtown Santa Monica, just a short walk away from the beach and the Santa Monica Pier.
CicLAvia and similar open streets events have made their way to the Valley and Pasadena, but one place that hasn't gotten in on the car-free-for-a-day action is Santa Monica. That'll change this summer.
Prices close to the light rail stations that will open in May have risen as much as 45 percent in the past year. One interesting exception to this trend: downtown Santa Monica. Rents along other new lines are shooting up too.