Nine years and $1.5 billion later, the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica finally opened to the public Friday. For the first time in over 60 years, Angelenos will be able to take the rail line from downtown LA to the beach, and hope springs anew for thousands of commuters subject to decades of gridlock on the 10 freeway. But now that this huge light rail project is complete, what’s next in the grand plan for LA? Will transit really get more of us out of our cars more of the time? Laura Nelson writes about transportation and mobility at the Los Angeles Times and she joins us from downtown Santa Monica at the Expo line unveiling.