Grammy award-winning music icon Jody Watley surprised attendees as the event emcee at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) official commemorative event opening of the K Line, the newest light rail line serving South Los Angeles communities held in historic Leimert Park on October 7, 2022.

The beloved and beautiful iconic singer and songwriter received rousing applauses from the community at the event ceremony.

The beautiful singer and songwriter said, “I was honored to be part of the historic opening of Los Angeles Metro K-Line rail and serve as the emcee at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.” “The day was very special for me, especially attending and graduating from Dorsey High School, which is minutes from the new station,” added Watley.

The K Line will initially extend light rail transit access from the existing Metro E Line (Expo) at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards in Los Angeles to Westchester Veterans. The line will later connect LAX and the C Line (Green).

In celebration of the K Line opening, L.A. Metro offered free rides on the K Line as well as the entire Metro Bus and Rail system, including Bike Share and Metro Micro, all weekend on Friday, October 7 to close of business on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Attendees included: Dr. Jody Watley, Grammy award-winning music icon, event emcee, Ara J. Najarian, Glendale City Council Member, Metro Board Chair, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Metro First Vice Chair, Holly T. Michell, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Metro Board Member, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor, Metro Board Member, James T. Butts, City of Inglewood Mayor, Metro Board Member, Mike Bonin, LA City Council Member, Metro Board Member (Taped appearance), Alex Padilla, U.S. Senator Steven Bradford, State Senator Isaac Bryan, State Assembly Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Council Member, Heather Hutt, Los Angeles City Council Member Stephanie Wiggins, Metro CEO.

The official opening ceremony at Leimert Park included Metro transportation officials, community members, food and entertainment. Performers included the Crenshaw High School Mighty Marching Cougars, White Hall Academy Arts and Motherland Drummers and Dancers. Officials conducted a ribbon-cutting photo opportunity following the event opening.