Expo Park/USC (Los Angeles Metro station)
Expo Park/USC Expo Line Station, westbound platform.
|Address||661 Exposition Boulevard, University Park, Los Angeles|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||10 bike racks|
|Opened||October 17, 1875|
|Rebuilt||April 28, 2012|
|Station status||in service|
Expo Park/USC (formerly University) station is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system, located on Exposition Boulevard at Trousdale Parkway, directly between USC and Exposition Park, in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. This station is served by the Expo Line.
Metro Rail service
Expo Line service hours are approximately from 4 AM to 12:30 AM daily. Service resumed Saturday, April 28, 2012. Regular scheduled service resumed Monday, April 30, 2012.
Location and design
|Westbound||■Expo Line||toward Culver City (Expo/Vermont)|
|Eastbound||■Expo Line||toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Jefferson/USC)|
Expo Park/USC Station is located in the median of Exposition Boulevard, on the east side of Trousdale/Exposition, midway between Vermont Avenue and Figueroa Street. The station's entrance is on the east side of Trousdale/Exposition. The station's platforms slope down slightly toward the east, in order to accommodate the line's descent into a tunnel which passes under Figueroa Street.
The station's art was created by artist Robbert Flick. The untitled installation includes sequences of photographs taken on the boulevards near the station, creating a document of the local people and places as they were when the station was built.
- the Memorial Coliseum (home of USC Trojans Football)
- the Natural History Museum
- the California Science Center
- the Sports Arena
- the Rose Garden
- the California African American Museum.
Expo Park/USC Station (originally proposed as "USC/Exposition Park") was proposed by Metro staff, with input from the public, during the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process. Many stakeholders cited the importance of the station, citing the convenient access it would provide the USC students/employees and Exposition Park guests. Moreover, a station here would be crucial for a future NFL venue in place of the current Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as well as for future Olympic Games.
The administration of USC opposed at-grade light-rail along Exposition Boulevard, claiming that light-rail would separate the campus from Exposition Park. USC President Steven Sample, in particular, was opposed to the project. Dr. Sample said he feared the line would create physical and psychological barriers between USC, Exposition Park, and the local community, and would be dangerous for pedestrians.
However, general sentiment of students and neighbors was in support of the line. The Coliseum Commission took a strong position in support of this station, and the USC Student Senate  also passed a Expo Line USC Student Senate Resolution.pdf. In the end, Metro staff included the possibility of building the Expo Park/USC station by including it as a design option in the Final EIR, that would only be built if funds for the station (estimated at $5 million) could be found and if local support were present. The report also recommended a short tunnel segment under the impacted intersections of Exposition/Figueroa and Exposition/Flower.
Once the FEIR had been approved, Expo (Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority) worked to secure the funds for this station and to negotiate its design. One other issue remaining to be resolved was USC’s request for special architecture for the three stations serving the campus.
Ultimately, USC did not contribute toward the cost of the station. Expo also abandoned any considerations for special architecture requested by USC. On September 19, 2007, the board of Metro approved funding for the cost of the station (which had increased to $7 million). This allowed the station to be built along with the rest of Phase 1.
This station closed on September 30, 1953 with closure of the Santa Monica Air Line (Pacific Electric) and remained out of service until re-opening in 2012. It was completely rebuilt for the opening of the Expo line from little more than a station stop. It is the last former station stop of the Santa Monica Air Line (Pacific Electric) to be re-opened. The Expo travels north on a new right-of-way along Flower street from this stop. The original Air line right-of-way remains, continuing east to the Blue line tracks, however no plans are in place for its use.
- Morante, Roger “Phase 1 Of Expo Light Rail To Open To Culver City In Mid-April”. © Santa Monica Mirror, 2012. Newspaper. Santa Monica Mirror. 16 Mar 2012.
Media related to Expo Park/USC (Los Angeles Metro station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Metro Expo Line Construction Authority
- Project Website, Metro Rail Expo Corridor, Phase 1 to Culver City