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New Metro extension opens up L.A. to car-free visitors

Los Angeles tourists

Discover Los Angeles celebrates a milestone in public transportation by unveiling two new car-free L.A. itineraries

From today (20 May 2016), visitors to Los Angeles will have the opportunity to experience the city’s neighborhoods like never before as the second phase of the long-awaited Metro Expo Line Extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is completed.

To commemorate this milestone and celebrate the three-year anniversary of its eco-tourism initiative, carfreeL.A., Discover Los Angeles is unveiling two new self-guided itineraries:
• Discover Downtown Car Free enables visitors to explore one of L.A.’s most talked about neighborhoods and explore new hotel developments, restaurants and cultural attractions
• Discover Metro Expo Line Car Free shares information on how to make the most of the Metro’s 15 mile stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica and experience all the neighborhood gems in between

“The Metro Expo Line Extension marks a significant moment in L.A. County’s transit revolution, making it easier and more convenient to see all that L.A. has to offer,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of Discover Los Angeles. “For the first time in 63 years, residents and visitors will be able to travel between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica aboard a railway. The 6.6 mile, $1.5-billion extension project is proof that our city is committed to changing perceptions of our car-centric roots, while programs like carfreeL.A. enhance the Los Angeles visitor experience without relying on a car.”

One of the hottest neighbourhoods in the city, Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a major renaissance with exciting attractions, ranging from celebrated cultural institutions and world-class dining to globally-inspired street art and premier entertainment venues. The Metro extension makes navigating these attractions straightforward for visitors, with several stops located in and around the neighborhood. Discover L.A.’s new Downtown itinerary contains an extensive range of ideas and suggestions, with highlights including the new SkySlide, a glass-bottomed slide hovering 1,000 feet above city sidewalks; Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917; and The Last Bookstore, California’s largest used and new book and record store.

The second self-guided itinerary, designed to help visitors explore the rest of L.A. without a car, features must-see activities at multiple stops along the 15 mile stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica. Tourists can hop on and off the Metro and immerse themselves in the distinctly different neighbourhoods ranging from Exposition Park, home to a world-class collection of museums, sports facilities and recreations areas; La Brea, hub for culture, shopping, art and dining; Culver City, one of L.A.’s most historic and scenic neighborhoods filled with eclectic mix of bookstores, furniture stores and world-class dining; Westwood, cultural mecca and home base for UCLA, surrounded by Beverly Hills, Century City and Brentwood; and Santa Monica, named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic.

“The Metro Expo Line Extension will offer tourists a convenient and enjoyable way to travel from Downtown L.A. to the beaches of Santa Monica and popular neighborhoods in between,” said Metro CEO Phil Washington.

“We are excited to debut the newest extension to our network of railways that connect travelers to various L.A. regions, which is home to world-class entertainment, attractions and cultural institutions including, Universal Studios in Hollywood, Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown and so much more.”

The carfreeL.A. initiative was launched on Earth Day in 2013 and offers self-guided and curated itineraries to explore the city’s neighborhoods via foot, bike and public transportation. Itineraries are centered on exploring various Los Angeles neighborhoods, attractions and hidden gems. Visitors to can also find up-to-date information on car-free events such as CicLAvia and popular guided tours from Bikes and Hikes LA, LA Conservancy and more. In addition, the site provides details on pedestrian-friendly hotel packages and amenities available during the spring and summer months.

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