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TM03 - Expo Light Rail Phase II: Completing the Light Rail to the Sea

Monday, October 3 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk, South Lobby

Abstract Text:

The Expo II Line, opened in May 2016, completed the long-awaited public transit connection between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. More than a transit project, Expo II is a community amenity that secures a more beautiful and sustainable future for the people it serves. It’s nearly 7 miles of light rail and seven at-grade stations are designed to minimize environmental impact and exceed community expectations, and is pursuing Envision® Gold Certification to reflect this accomplishment (Envision is a certification by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure). The Expo Line integrates light rail, bikeway facilities and pedestrian linkages through a safe, balanced, and cohesive design. Using landscaping, canopy design and public art, Expo Line stations provide an engaging environment with a sense of place. Attendees will ride the train from Pico Station in Downtown Los Angeles to the end of the line in Santa Monica. Onboard the train attendees will hear an overview of Envision and the experience working with it for this project, and will hop off at select stations along the extension to explore significant design and construction aspects. At the end of the tour attendees can spend some time exploring Santa Monica or return to LA depending upon their schedules.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees can identify the components of a sustainable multi-modal transit link.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to identify the basics of the Envision certification system and how this new program has the potential to transform infrastructure in the way that LEED has transformed buildings.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to identify why bikeways, art, landscape, community engagement, design and construction excellence all contribute to sustainable infrastructure project.

Upon completing this tour attendees can apply lessons learned from this project to their own work as owner, designer or builder.

Learning Level:

Level 100 - Awareness


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Event Type: Tour > Session


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