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Hey NoHo! Life's a Beach with the new Metro Line Extension

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Hey NoHo! Life's a Beach with the new Metro Line Extension

I recently took the active seniors of the NoHo Senior Artist Colony to the beach using the new Metro Subway that you can access from our NoHo Red Line Station.

It was super easy. And trust me, if I could do it and figure it out, so can you!

So basically, here's how to get to the beach from NoHo using the Metro Subway.


Take the NoHo Red Line on Lankershim and Chandler towards downtown (the only direction the subway goes from NoHo Station), after about 20 minutes or so get off at 7th and Metro Station downtown. Depart the train, and just walk upstairs, staying inside the subway station, and you'll see all the signs for the Expo line. Get on the Expo Line heading towards Santa Monica. (There's always helpful Metro employees at the Stations to help you if you are not sure where to go!)

Once on the Expo Line, it'll go above ground and in some parts higher than street level, and you'll be treated to views and life scenes of various neighborhoods of our city of angels as you make your way to the coast. Stay on the train until the very last exit. That's downtown Santa Monica at 4th Street. All in all, I'd say it was about 40 minutes from the 7th and Metro downtown station. Once you get off the Expo Line at Santa Monica downtown, you'll see the big iconic Santa Monica Pier blue archway welcoming you to the beach and Pacific Ocean, and as well the end of the original Route 66, that brought automobile travelers from the east coast to the west coast before the interstate freeways.

We walked that few blocks down to the Pier and delighted in breathing in the fresh ocean air and marveled at all the things to do and see on the Pier. There's some very interesting performers too along the way. It's a carnival atmosphere with arcades and merry-go-rounds that throw back to bygone eras.

Then we turned around went left (North) where the Pier begins and that will take you along the beach for a small stroll to some stairs for a good thigh burning workout. The stairs take you back up to Ocean Avenue to a nice small park on the cliff. Just cross the street at the nearest intersection and walk a few blocks up to 3rd Street and your at the Promenade, with all its shopping and restaurants and theaters.


It was such a fun day as there were numerous festivals at the metro expo line stations along the way to celebrate the opening weekend of the expo line extension to Santa Monica. It was historic too, as it's the first time in 60 years that Angelinos have access to Santa Monica / Beach / Pier area via rail transport directly from Downtown.

And according to our pedometer, we walked 13,000 steps for the day, which is well above average, and a good daily fitness goal. So, if you'd like a fresh new way to get your exercise in, and even have an option of renting a bike at the beach for the flat paved path which runs along the coast for many miles, then harness your adventurous spirit and take the Metro from NoHo to the Santa Monica Beach !

Special Tip from's MusicMaven9 who was on our active excursion: To save time at the Metro Stations and skip the lines, reload your Metro Tap card at Ralphs the next time you are grocery shopping.

For LA Metro information including timetables of the routes and fares and places to visit, go to or call 323.GO.METRO

And now - sing along with me to that popular ol' Randy Newman song; "I LOVE LA" !


Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach
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Jack Witt

I'm a local Health and Fitness Coach and Active Travel Specialist. I've been kickin' around NoHo for years getting involved in our community and charity projects, helping people with their wellness goals, and organizing and leading active excursions throughout LA and the world. I love this community and really enjoy blogging about all the things we do together and tips to keep us fit!

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