Culver City Edition West Edition

MTA offers guided tours at local Expo Line station

LOS ANGELES — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering guided tours on the Expo Line for first-time riders wanting to learn how to use the region’s light rail transit system.

The tours will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will teach useful skills, such as how to plan a trip and buy and load the MTA’s Transit Access Pass (TAP) cards.

“With the opening of the Expo Line Phase 2 and the Gold Line Foothill Extension next year, our rail system will soon operate in new parts of our region and attract new riders,” MTA board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker said. “We want to prepare first-time riders and other patrons so that they feel confident when they step aboard the system. We believe that through education and orientation we can help riders understand the network, schedules, fare payment and signage and we think that will go a long way toward making everyone feel comfortable and secure.”

The tours will begin at the Culver City Station and Union Station and last approximately two hours. Participants can select the station departure location they prefer when they register. Tours are free, but advance registration is required and tour guests are responsible for purchasing their own TAP card.

Cards cost $1 and can be loaded with a one-way fare ($1.75), a round-trip fare ($3.50) or a Day Pass ($7) that is good for travel all day on any MTA bus or rail line.

Tour guides will show participants how to purchase and load a TAP card, plan a trip, use Nextrip and MTA mobile apps, transfer between bus and rail lines and navigate the system safely with bicycles.

“Our riders are important to us and we want to help them navigate the system with ease,” MTA CEO Phil Washington said. “We think this common sense, yet innovative program is going to help.”

To reserve a tour, visit metro.net/tours and complete the online form.

You will receive an email within 48 hours of registration confirming the date, time and location of your tour.

Please note that tour requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis. There will be a maximum of 20 people on each tour.