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Saturday is expected to draw the really big crowds on the Expo Line to the beach — though the free trains were plenty crowded on Friday.

Just outside the downtown Santa Monica station, more than a dozen Breeze bike-share bikes also were free to use for further exploration.

A pedicab with a sidecar waited across the street for passengers. Uber handed out cards offering $15 in free rides to new users.

But most of those who poured off the first trains at the downtown Santa Monica station seemed to want to head on foot straight for the Santa Monica Pier or for the beach, to stick their toes in the sand.

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