Washington Boulevard (Los Angeles)
Washington Boulevard is the longest (27.4 miles - 44 km) continuous east-west arterial road in Los Angeles, California. It starts by the Pacific Ocean just west of Pacific Avenue in Marina del Rey, and ends far to the east in the city of Whittier, on Whittier Boulevard. It is south of Venice Boulevard for most of its length. At Wade Street, Washington Place is formed adjacent and parallel and lasts until just east of Sepulveda Boulevard, where it merges back into Washington Boulevard. Washington merges into Culver Boulevard briefly, but forms back into its own street at Canfield Avenue. Washington Boulevard carries the Metro Blue Line in the center median from Flower Street to Long Beach Avenue south of Downtown Los Angeles. and serves the Grand, San Pedro and Washington stations. (Source, Thomas Guide, 1997 edition)
Washington Boulevard, which is four lanes, primarily passes through locations in the mid southern portion of Los Angeles County. The communities to the west include affluent areas such as Marina del Rey and Ladera Heights. Further east it passes through Culver City, South Los Angeles, City of Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Los Nietos and Whittier. Washington Boulevard is the dividing line between Venice and Marina del Rey.
Education and transportation
Washington Boulevard provides bus service between Venice Beach and West LA Transit Center by Culver City Transit line 1, between West LA Transit Center and Downtown by Metro Local line 35, and east of Downtown by Montebello Transit line 50. A portion of the Metro Blue train line runs along Washington Boulevard, from Flower Street to Long Beach Avenue, while the Metro Expo Line serves a rail station near the intersection with National Boulevard.
- Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
- LA Trade Tech College is located at Grand Avenue near the Blue Line station of the same name.
- The RPM International building (Ray Charles Enterprises) is located on the corner of Westmorland Blvd. and Washington Blvd., which is also dedicated as the "Ray Charles Square".
- The Ray Charles Post Office at La Brea Avenue.
- Government center named after David S. Cunningham, Jr., City Council member, 1973–87
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