Little Tokyo/Arts District (Los Angeles Metro station)

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Little Tokyo/Arts District
  
Little Tokyo-Arts District Station LACMTA.jpg
Little Tokyo/Arts District, circa 2009
Station statistics
Address 200 N Alameda St, Los Angeles
Coordinates 34°02′59″N 118°14′17″W / 34.0498°N 118.2380°W / 34.0498; -118.2380
Line(s) Gold Line Gold Line
Platforms 1 center platform
Tracks 2
Parking none
Bicycle facilities 12 bike rack spaces
4 lockers
Other information
Opened 15 November 2009
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metro
Station status in service
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
toward Atlantic
Gold Line

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located at the intersection of First and Alameda Streets, on the edge of Little Tokyo and the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. The station is served by the Gold Line.[1] It opened in 2009 as part of the Gold Line Eastside Extension.

Metro Rail service[edit]

Gold Line service hours are approximately from 5:00 AM until 12:15 AM daily.[2]

Location[edit]

Little Tokyo/Arts District station is located on the border of two neighborhoods, Little Tokyo to the west and the Arts District to the east. A number of educational attractions are near the station, with the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Japanese American National Museum, and the Geffen Contemporary branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art.[3]

This area was once a key area for trains in downtown. James M. Davies, for whom the large tract was named, subdivided the area in 1891. Several railroad lines from different companies connected through this site. Davies great-nephew, Robert Davies Volk, was the owner of the lots at First and Alameda streets with brick buildings shaped to fit the long-gone rail lines.[4] The structures had played an important role in the cultural life of the Little Tokyo neighborhood for decades before the site was cleared for the future station.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Southbound Gold Line toward Atlantic (Pico/Aliso)
Northbound Gold Line toward Sierra Madre Villa (Union Station)

There is one island platform and two tracks at Little Tokyo/Arts District station located on the east side of Alameda Street between East 1st Street and East Temple Street. South of the station, the tracks curve to the east and line the middle of East 1st Street all the way to Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.

Future[edit]

Regional Connector[edit]

When the Blue and Expo Lines connect to the Gold Line, via the Regional Connector, the Little Tokyo/Arts District station will be moved underground and across the street due to traffic concerns on Alameda and 1st Street caused by at-grade trains.[6] It will be renamed 1st St/Central Av Station.[7] Preliminary work required the demolition of two modest, one-story brick buildings with one of the structures dating back at least to 1898.[5]

Bus connections[edit]

The following bus routes stop at Little Tokyo/Arts District:

Class Route Western/southern terminus Eastern/northern terminus
Local 30/330 Mid-City
Pico-Rimpau Transit Center (shortline)
via Pico Boulevard

West Hollywood
Sunset Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard
via San Vicente Boulevard
Little Tokyo/Arts District
eastern terminus (Line 330 and Line 30 shortline)
East Los Angeles
Indiana Gold Line Station
via 1st Street (Line 30 only)
Local 40 Redondo Beach
South Bay Galleria
via Hawthorne Boulevard, Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Union Station

The station is also served by several LADOT DASH Buses

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