During both days of the book festival at USC this weekend, trains were running on the Expo Line just south of the campus. No riders, though. These were test runs of the trains, in advance of next weekend's opening. Would it have killed Metro to accelerate the schedule one measly week to open as thousands of potential Expo Line users were already going to USC? The Expo Park/USC station was sitting empty, positively gleaming.
On the other hand, the campus would have lost out on countless $10 parking collections from drivers who switched to the train. The Times' book festival used to rake in parking fees by the bag full at UCLA, and it's the same at USC.
More Expo Line photos from the weekend below.
LA Observed photos