Culver City (Los Angeles Metro station)

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Culver City
  
Culver City Station 3.JPG
Expo Line train at Culver City Station.
Station statistics
Address 8817 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA 90232
Coordinates 34°01′42″N 118°23′18″W / 34.0282°N 118.3883°W / 34.0282; -118.3883
Connections Metro Local: 33, 220
Metro Express: 534
Metro Rapid: 733
Culver CityBus: 1, 5, 7
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus: 5, 12, Rapid 12, Rapid 20
Platforms 1 center platform
Tracks 2
Parking 586 spaces
Bicycle facilities 8 bike racks
16 bike lockers
Other information
Opened October 17, 1875; 139 years ago (1875-10-17)
Rebuilt June 20, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-06-20)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metro
Station status in service
Formerly Culver Junction; Ivy
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Terminus Expo Line
  Under construction  
Expo Line
Phase 2
(future)
  Former services  
Pacific Electric
Air Line

Culver City (formerly Culver Junction and Ivy) station is an elevated light rail station in the Los Angeles Metro system located at the northeast edge of Downtown Culver City. A rail station since the 1800s, it is now served by the Expo Line and is the line's temporary western terminus until Expo Phase 2 to Santa Monica is completed.[2]

Metro Rail service[edit]

Expo Line service hours are approximately from 4 AM to 12:30 AM daily. Regular scheduled service resumed June 20, 2012.

Location and design[edit]

Eastbound Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (La Cienega/Jefferson)
Eastbound Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (La Cienega/Jefferson)

The station is located in Culver City on a dedicated rail right-of-way alongside Exposition Boulevard — between the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard on the west, and the intersection of Washington Boulevard and National Boulevard on the east.


Attractions[edit]

At the northeast edge of Downtown Culver City, a major retail, entertainment and arts district, the station is also within walking distance of several major attractions which include the

The station's art consists of images from which concentric lines expand outwards like rings on a tree and was created by artist Tom LaDuke.[3]

History[edit]

Station location c. 1905, looking east.
Ivy Substation, still-standing former station power building north of platform.

Originally named Ivy station on the steam powered Los Angeles and Independence Railroad, Pacific Electric later renamed it Culver Junction in the early 1900s when the stop was made a junction point with the addition of the Venice short line and others which continued west down Venice Boulevard to the South Bay.

While the Venice line closed in September, 1950, making it no longer a junction, and station was closed along with the Air line on September 30, 1953, the name "Culver Junction" remains on maps to this day, referring to the immediate surrounding area. With service restoration in June 2012, the station was renamed Culver City.

Ivy Substation, a traction substation building which housed mechanical rotary converters used to supply DC current to the line until 1953, is still standing near this station and has been converted into the popular Actor's Gang Theatre. (Train power now comes from a much smaller building beneath the elevated platform.)

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