Farmdale station

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Farmdale  Expo Line 
Farmdale Station 3.JPG
Westbound platform.
Location 4420 Exposition Boulevard, Jefferson Park, Los Angeles California
Coordinates 34°01′26″N 118°20′46″W / 34.0240°N 118.3460°W / 34.0240; -118.3460Coordinates: 34°01′26″N 118°20′46″W / 34.0240°N 118.3460°W / 34.0240; -118.3460
Owned by Metro
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Metro Local: 38
Parking none
Bicycle facilities 10 bike racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status in service
Opened October 17, 1875; 141 years ago (1875-10-17)
Rebuilt June 20, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-06-20)[1]
Previous names Cienega
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Expo Line
  Former services  
Pacific Electric
Air Line

Farmdale (formerly Cienega) is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system, located at the intersection of Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, in the West Adams District in Los Angeles. This station is served by the Expo Line.[2]


Metro Rail service[edit]

Expo Line service hours are approximately from 4 AM to 12:30 AM daily. Service resumed Saturday, April 28, 2012. Regular scheduled service resumed Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Location and design[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Expo Line Expo Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Expo/La Brea)
Eastbound Expo Line Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Expo/Crenshaw)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

The location of the Farmdale station is in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles' Jefferson Park district, adjacent to Dorsey High School, and within walking distance of the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.[3]

The station has "near-side" platforms: this means that the platforms are positioned on opposite sides of the intersection, and trains must stop at the platform before crossing the intersection.


In the Expo Phase 1 project's Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the Expo Authority recommended (and the Metro Board approved) an at-grade crossing at Farmdale Avenue. Some members of the community, as well as the LAUSD, objected to the at-grade crossing, citing safety concerns for students of Dorsey High School (which is adjacent to the crossing). On 20 February 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) denied the Expo Authority's request for an at-grade crossing. In response, on 29 July 2009, the Expo Authority proposed four alternatives to grade separation. One of these proposals, a station at Farmdale,[4] was reviewed by the assigned Administrative Law Judge of the CPUC. In her written decision dated 22 March 2010, the judge ruled that the Farmdale Station could be added to the project by including a CPUC-approved Addendum to the Final EIR, without having to redo the entire project's EIR. The final decision to authorize the grade crossing (and thus, construction of Farmdale Station) was made by the commission on 29 July 2010.[5] All trains operating on the Expo line would be required to come to a complete stop at the Farmdale station, which features near-side stations at the intersection of Farmdale Avenue, thus increasing safety for pedestrians in the area.


Originally a stop on the Los Angeles and Independence and Pacific Electric railroads, it closed on September 30, 1953 with closure of the Santa Monica Air Line and remained out of service until re-opening on Saturday, April 28, 2012. It was completely rebuilt for the opening of the Expo Line from little more than a station stop marker. Regular scheduled service resumed Wednesday, June 20, 2012.


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