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Metro will provide increased service on the Expo Line Sunday to accommodate people attending or participating in the Los Angeles Marathon.

The line, which operates between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, is near the finish line of Sunday’s race, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. Expo Line service will be increased to every nine minutes with three-car trains to accommodate what is expected to be significantly higher ridership than usual, Metro announced.

Metro bus lines 534, 720 and 73, which customarily run to near the Santa Monica Pier will be re-routed due to street closures. Passengers will be able to disembark at a temporary bus hub at the Expo Line’s 17th Street/SMC Station. Riders with TAP cards will be able to transfer at no additional charge to the westbound Expo Line.

Riders on the eastbound 534, 720 and 733 bus lines using TAP cards will also have free transfers from the Expo Line and Metro buses. Connections to all Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines will also be made at the bus hub, according to Metro.

Due to street closures for the race, many Metro bus routes will be detoured. Metro buses that will be impacted before and after the marathon are: 2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78/79, 81, 83, 90/91, 92, 94, 96, 105, 180/181, 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 217, 218, 222, 237/656, 487, 534, 602, 603, 704, 720, 733, 745, 754, and the Silver Line (910).

Regular bus service on some lines will be restored as the race progresses, but full service to all lines is not expected until early evening Sunday, according to Metro.

—City News Service


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