New Metro Rail map of Los Angeles has a lot on it

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Metro's newest route map of the rail system includes the busways and rail lines that are in planning or under construction, such as the Crenshaw line and the Regional Connector downtown. If you are a fan of transit, or just a student of Los Angeles, the map is a welcome glimpse into the future.The subway to Westwood is on there too.

"It’s pretty impressive, given that prior to July 1990 — when the Blue Line opened — there was no Metro Rail," says Metro blogger Steve Hymon. "Metro Rail today has 87 miles of track and 80 stations and, of course, the system is set to expand beyond what’s shown above when other Measure R second and third decade projects are considered: the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Airport Metro Connector, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor."

Metro has an interactive map online that lets you see how the system has evolved.

Writes Curbed LA: "There's no shortage of fantasy maps of the LA transit system, but Metro's new "under-construction" map, despite looking like one of those train-nerd designs, is very real....But it's clear LA needs more north-south lines."

And speaking of LA transit milestones: the turnstiles into the subway at Union Station will be closed as of Wednesday, June 19.

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