Westlake/MacArthur Park (Los Angeles Metro station)

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Westlake/MacArthur Park
   
Westlake-MacArthur Park Station LACMTA.jpg
Entrance to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.
Station statistics
Address 660 South Alvarado Street, Westlake, Los Angeles 90057
Coordinates 34°03′25″N 118°16′35″W / 34.0570°N 118.2764°W / 34.0570; -118.2764
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Purple Line Purple Line
Connections "Kiss & Ride" passenger drop-off area
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking none
Bicycle facilities 14 bike rack spaces
Other information
Opened January 30, 1993
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metro
Station status in service
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Red Line
Purple Line

Westlake/MacArthur Park Station is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located at Wilshire Boulevard and Alvarado Street, across from the park of the same name in Los Angeles' Westlake District. This station is served by the Red Line and the Purple Line.

Westlake/MacArthur Park is one of L.A.'s five original subway stations: when it opened in 1993; it was the western terminus of the Red Line before completion of the Wilshire/Western branch (now called the Purple Line) and North Hollywood branch (still called the Red Line) later that decade.[1]

This station has two tile murals designed by Francisco Letelier, entitled El Sol (The Sun) and La Luna (The Moon). The station also has artwork by Therman Statom.

Right outside the station, MacArthur Park and a lively street scene of a largely Salvedorean population is in stark contrast to the Manhattan-like metropolitan environment one station to the east. The entrance to the station is only a few steps away from the landmark Langer's Deli, which is famous for its pastrami. Workers from downtown offices often jump on the Red Line or Purple Line in order to have lunch there or send someone to pick up food for take-out. Langer's credits the Red Line's opening with saving their business in the late 1980s, when MacArthur Park's once glittering reputation had decayed to notorious at best. Langer's Deli is featured in one of 13 ceramic mosaic murals located inside the MacArthur Park station. The porcelain murals, by Los Angeles artist Sonia Romero and fabricated by Mosaika Art & Design, were named one of the best public art projects in the United States by the organization Americans for the Arts.[2]

The station was also featured in the film Volcano as the Red Line subway outside MacArthur Park where a massive volcano erupted, causing an earthquake that derails Train no. 526 that was in the tunnel and lava eventually engulfed and melted it.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Exits/Entrances
B2 Westbound Red Line Red Line toward North Hollywood (Wilshire/Vermont)
Purple Line Purple Line toward Wilshire/Western (Wilshire/Vermont)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Union Station (7th St/Metro Center)
Purple Line Purple Line toward Union Station (7th St/Metro Center)

Metro Rail service[edit]

Red and Purple Line service hours are approximately from 5:00 AM until 12:45 AM daily.[3]

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