Expo Line ‘Test Train’ to Cross Into Downtown Santa Monica on Friday

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A Metro train is seen approaching Downtown Santa Monica on July 29, 2015. (Credit: Metro.net)

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Friday morning will mark the first time in more than 60 years that a commuter train has pulled into downtown Santa Monica under its own power.

As part of the safety checks required before the Expo Line’s second phase can open to the public next year, rail officials will slowly pilot a sleek train from 20th Street to Fifth Street along Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

Westside residents and commuters will see trains moving at street level between 5 mph and 25 mph as officials check for any points where trains could strike platforms or overhead wires.

Officials conducted a similar test Wednesday, watched by a group of public officials and rail fans, but the train was pushed by a truck. A video published by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority showed the train moving along the track, but most of the footage did not show the truck.

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