Nearly 300,000 riders board Metro Rail trains weekdays, boarding a train on one of four lines – Red, Blue, Green and Gold.

The MTA’s rail division operates 62 stations and over 73 miles of track. During peak travel times, as many as 250 trains operate throughout the system.

A six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line from downtown Union Station to East Los Angeles is under construction and is expected to open in late 2009. Construction of the Exposition light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City should begin this summer. That segment will span 8.5 miles and open in 2010. Eventually, a second phase will extend the line to Santa Monica.

Metro Rail ridership is up more than 10 percent in the past year. To handle demand, in FY 07, Metro will increase rail service by 36,000 hours and receive and deploy 19 new light rail train cars.

MTA’s rail division has more than 1,100 employees including train operators, mechanics, track engineers, clerks, safety inspectors and others serving you everyday.

In March 2006, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the allocation of $208 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) funding for the Exposition Light Rail Transit Project that will provide a major source of funding to the project.

Construction on the 8.5-mile Exposition Light Rail Project is expected to start during  summer 2006. The Exposition Light Rail Transit Project will share two stations (7th Street/Metro Center and Pico/Chick Hearn) with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles where the line will then proceed west on the Metro-owned right-of-way on Exposition Boulevard, which parallels the congested I-10 Freeway with a terminus just east of Washington/National in Culver City.

Eight new stations will be constructed by the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority for a total project cost estimated at $640 million. A second phase would extend the Exposition Line to the City of Santa Monica.

Metro requested $523 million from the CTC, including $315 million in LA County’s share of the 2006 Sate Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and $208 million in TCRP funding approved in March.