List of Metro Rail (Los Angeles County) stations

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A map of the five train lines (Metro Rail) and two rapid bus lines (Metro Liner) in the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority system. There are a red line and a purple line going from east to west in the upper part of the map and a gold line in the northeast corner. There is a blue line going from north to south in the middle of the map, and a green line going from east to west near the bottom.
The current Los Angeles County Metro Rail system map of six train lines, with two Metro Transitway bus rapid transit lines.

In Los Angeles County, California, the Metro Rail system, is a combined rapid transit and light rail system, operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). The system is composed of two rapid transit lines and four light rail lines that run on 87.7 miles (141.1 km) of track.[1][2] As of March 2012, Los Angeles County Metro Rail serves an average of 323,870 passengers each weekday, 192,943 each Saturday, and 146,646 each Sunday.[1] Metro Rail is one of the largest rapid transit and light rail systems in the United States by ridership.[3] This is complemented by Metro's extensive Metro Transitway system of bus rapid transit lines.


Metro Rail history[edit]

Metro Rail began service on July 14, 1990, when the light rail Blue Line opened between Pico and Anaheim stations;[4] the line was extended to Downtown Long Beach and Pacific Avenue stations on September 1.[5] The Blue Line was extended one stop northward from Pico to 7th Street/Metro Center on February 15, 1991.[6] The next Metro Rail line, the rapid transit Red Line, opened on January 30, 1993, between Union Station and Westlake/MacArthur Park station.[7] The light rail Green Line, the system's third line, opened on August 12, 1995 from Norwalk to Redondo Beach stations.[8] Metro Rail's next expansion occurred on May 22, 1996, when the Red Line expanded westward from Westlake/Macarthur Park to Wilshire/Western stations.[9] The Red Line expanded again on June 12, 1999, with a branch from Wilshire/Vermont to Hollywood/Vine stations.[10] The final section of the Red Line opened on June 24, 2000, from Hollywood/Vine station to North Hollywood station, completing the Red Line as originally planned.[11] A fourth Metro Rail line, the light rail Gold Line, opened on July 27, 2003 between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena.[12] The rapid transit Purple Line became the fifth Metro Rail line on August 24, 2006, when LACMTA separated the Red Line into two separate services; the branch between Union Station and Wilshire/Western station became the Purple Line while the branch between Union Station and North Hollywood station remained the Red Line.[13] The Gold Line was later extended to Atlantic station in East Los Angeles on November 15, 2009.[14] The light rail Expo Line opened between 7th Street/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson on April 28, 2012; two additional stations opened on June 20, 2012.[15]

Current Metro Rail system[edit]

The system has eighty stations serving its six lines. Five of these stations are transfer stations, which allow passengers to transfer between lines. Ten of these stations are termini—stations at the end of lines. Forty-five of the stations are within the city of Los Angeles; the other 35 stations are located in surrounding communities.

Lines[edit]

There are six Metro Rail lines as of 2012. Each line is associated with a color; five of the lines are named for their color, while the sixth, the Expo Line, is named for Exposition Park.[16][17]

Line name Stations Termini Length[1] Weekday ridership
(2013)[18]
Blue Line Blue Line  22 Downtown Long Beach (south)
7th Street/Metro Center (north)
22 miles (35 km) 87,383
Expo Line Expo Line  12 Culver City (west)
7th Street/Metro Center (east)
8.6 miles (13.8 km) 26,566
Gold Line Gold Line  21 Atlantic (south)
Sierra Madre Villa (north)
19.7 miles (31.7 km) 43,566
Green Line Green Line  14 Redondo Beach (west)
Norwalk (east)
20 miles (32 km) 43,115
Purple Line Purple Line  8 Wilshire/Western (west)
Union Station (east)
17.4 miles (28.0 km)[A] 162,462[A]
Red Line Red Line  14 North Hollywood (west)
Union Station (east)
17.4 miles (28.0 km)[A] 162,462[A]

Stations[edit]

The following table lists all stations served by Metro Rail. For stations served by more than one line, lines are listed in the order of opening.

* Transfer stations
** Termini
Transfer stations and termini
An elevated train station and two train tracks. The station has a blue roof and is made of white metal.
Side view of Redondo Beach station
An elevated train station with a red and yellow pagoda-style roof.
Side view of Chinatown station
A train is waiting on a track in a subway station. Passengers are standing on the platform.
Platform of Wilshire/Vermont station
A train station at ground level with a track on the left side. A light rail train is stopped at the station. Various buildings are located to the left of the station.
Platform of Fillmore station
A silver pillar indicates the entrance to a subway station. A multicolored building is located in the background.
Entrance to Hollywood/Western station with a pillar sign that was formerly used from 1993-2004.
A train station in the middle of a street. A light rail train is stopped on the far track.
Side view of Downtown Long Beach station
An escalator and a flight of stairs which reflect turquoise light. A large imitation palm tree is located between the escalator and the stairs.
Escalators at Hollywood/Vine station
A train enters an enclosed train station with two side platforms. The platforms are decorated with pillars and a piece of artwork.
Platform at Memorial Park station
A train station at ground level with tracks on either side. The station is covered by wavy metal panels.
Platform at 23rd Street station.
View from the Blue Line platform level with the Red and Purple Lines below the stairwell.
Blue Line platform at the 7th Street/Metro Center station.
View of the Blue Line platform level at the Willowbrook station.
Blue Line platform at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station (formerly Imperial/Wilmington station).
Station Line(s) Location[19][20] Date opened[21] Ref(s).
1st Street Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach September 1, 1990 [22]
5th Street Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach September 1, 1990 [22]
7th Street/Metro Center Blue Line Blue Line 
Red Line Red Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 
Los Angeles (Financial District) February 15, 1991 [22]
[23]
[24]
[25]
103rd Street/Watts Towers Blue Line Blue Line  Los Angeles (Watts) July 14, 1990 [22]
Allen Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Anaheim Street Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach July 14, 1990 [22]
Artesia Blue Line Blue Line  Compton July 14, 1990 [22]
Atlantic** Gold Line Gold Line  East Los Angeles November 15, 2009 [26]
Avalon Green Line Green Line  Los Angeles (South Los Angeles) August 12, 1995 [27]
Aviation/LAX Green Line Green Line  Los Angeles (Westchester) August 12, 1995 [27]
Chinatown Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Chinatown) July 27, 2003 [26]
Civic Center/Grand Park Red Line Red Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Los Angeles (Civic Center) January 30, 1993 [23]
[24]
Compton Blue Line Blue Line  Compton July 14, 1990 [22]
Crenshaw Green Line Green Line  Hawthorne August 12, 1995 [27]
Culver City** Expo Line Expo Line  Culver City June 20, 2012 [25]
Del Amo Blue Line Blue Line  Rancho Dominguez July 14, 1990 [22]
Del Mar Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Douglas Green Line Green Line  El Segundo August 12, 1995 [27]
Downtown Long Beach Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach September 1, 1990 [22]
East LA Civic Center Gold Line Gold Line  East Los Angeles November 15, 2009 [26]
El Segundo Green Line Green Line  El Segundo August 12, 1995 [27]
Expo/Crenshaw Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (Jefferson Park) April 28, 2012 [25]
Expo/La Brea Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills) April 28, 2012 [25]
Expo/Vermont Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (University Park) April 28, 2012 [25]
Expo/Western Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (University Park) April 28, 2012 [25]
Expo Park/USC Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (University Park) April 28, 2012 [25]
Farmdale Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (Adams) June 20, 2012 [25]
Fillmore Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Firestone Blue Line Blue Line  Florence-Graham July 14, 1990 [22]
Florence Blue Line Blue Line  Florence-Graham July 14, 1990 [22]
Grand/LATTC Blue Line Blue Line  Los Angeles (Historic South Central) July 14, 1990 [22]
Harbor Freeway Green Line Green Line  Los Angeles (South Los Angeles) August 12, 1995 [27]
Hawthorne/Lennox Green Line Green Line  Hawthorne August 12, 1995 [27]
Heritage Square Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Cypress Park) July 27, 2003 [26]
Highland Park Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Highland Park) July 27, 2003 [26]
Hollywood/Highland Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (Hollywood) June 24, 2000 [23]
Hollywood/Vine Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (Hollywood) June 12, 1999 [23]
Hollywood/Western Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (East Hollywood) June 12, 1999 [23]
Indiana Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (East Los Angeles) November 15, 2009 [26]
Jefferson/USC Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (University Park) April 28, 2012 [25]
La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills) April 28, 2012 [25]
Lake Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Lakewood Boulevard Green Line Green Line  Downey August 12, 1995 [27]
LATTC/Ortho Institute Expo Line Expo Line  Los Angeles (Historic South Central) April 28, 2012 [25]
Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights) July 27, 2003 [26]
Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Little Tokyo / Arts District) November 15, 2009 [26]
Long Beach Boulevard Green Line Green Line  Lynwood August 12, 1995 [27]
Maravilla Gold Line Gold Line  East Los Angeles November 15, 2009 [26]
Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Boyle Heights) November 15, 2009 [26]
Mariposa Green Line Green Line  El Segundo August 12, 1995 [27]
Memorial Park Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
North Hollywood** Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (North Hollywood) June 24, 2000 [23]
Norwalk** Green Line Green Line  Norwalk August 12, 1995 [27]
Pacific Avenue Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach September 1, 1990 [22]
Pacific Coast Highway Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach July 14, 1990 [22]
Pershing Square Red Line Red Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Los Angeles (Financial District / Jewelry District) January 30, 1993 [23]
[24]
Pico* Blue Line Blue Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 
Los Angeles (South Park) July 14, 1990 [22]
[25]
Pico/Aliso Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Boyle Heights) November 15, 2009 [26]
Redondo Beach** Green Line Green Line  Redondo Beach August 12, 1995 [27]
San Pedro Blue Line Blue Line  Los Angeles (Historic South Central) July 14, 1990 [22]
Sierra Madre Villa** Gold Line Gold Line  Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Slauson Blue Line Blue Line  Florence-Graham July 14, 1990 [22]
Soto Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Boyle Heights) November 15, 2009 [26]
South Pasadena Gold Line Gold Line  South Pasadena July 27, 2003 [26]
Southwest Museum Gold Line Gold Line  Los Angeles (Highland Park / Mount Washington) July 27, 2003 [26]
Union Station Red Line Red Line 
Gold Line Gold Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Los Angeles (El Pueblo) January 30, 1993[B] [23]
[26]
[24]
Universal City/Studio City Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (Studio City) June 24, 2000 [23]
Vermont/Athens Green Line Green Line  Los Angeles (Athens / South Los Angeles) August 12, 1995 [27]
Vermont/Beverly Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (Koreatown) June 12, 1999 [23]
Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (East Hollywood) June 12, 1999 [23]
Vermont/Sunset Red Line Red Line  Los Angeles (East Hollywood) June 12, 1999 [23]
Vernon Blue Line Blue Line  Los Angeles (South Los Angeles) July 14, 1990 [22]
Wardlow Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach July 14, 1990 [22]
Washington Blue Line Blue Line  Los Angeles (South Los Angeles) July 14, 1990 [22]
Westlake/MacArthur Park Red Line Red Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Los Angeles (Westlake) January 30, 1993 [23]
[24]
Willow Street Blue Line Blue Line  Long Beach July 14, 1990 [22]
Willowbrook/Rosa Parks* Blue Line Blue Line 
Green Line Green Line 
Willowbrook July 14, 1990 [22]
[27]
Wilshire/Normandie Purple Line Purple Line  Los Angeles (Koreatown) May 22, 1996 [24]
Wilshire/Vermont* Red Line Red Line 
Purple Line Purple Line 
Los Angeles (Koreatown) May 22, 1996 [23]
[24]
Wilshire/Western** Purple Line Purple Line  Los Angeles (Koreatown) May 22, 1996 [24]

Future[edit]

Station Line(s)
(Project name)
Location[19] Opening Ref(s).
1st Street/Central Blue Line Blue Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 
Gold Line Gold Line 
(Regional Connector)
Los Angeles (Little Tokyo) 2020 [29]
2nd Place/Hope Blue Line Blue Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 
Gold Line Gold Line 
(Regional Connector)
Los Angeles (Bunker Hill) 2020 [29]
2nd Street/Broadway Blue Line Blue Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 
Gold Line Gold Line 
(Regional Connector)
Los Angeles (Civic Center) 2020 [29]
17th Street/Santa Monica College Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Santa Monica Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
26th Street/Bergamot Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Santa Monica Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
APU/Citrus College Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Azusa March 5, 2016 [31]
Arcadia Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Arcadia March 5, 2016 [31]
Aviation/Century Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Los Angeles (Westchester) 2019 [32]
Azusa Downtown Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Azusa March 5, 2016 [31]
Century City Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Los Angeles (Century City) 2026 [33]
Crenshaw/MLK Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills / Leimert Park) 2019 [32]
Crenshaw/Slauson Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Los Angeles (Hyde Park) 2019 [32]
Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Santa Monica Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Duarte March 5, 2016 [31]
Expo/Bundy Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Los Angeles (Sawtelle) Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
Expo/Sepulveda Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Los Angeles (Rancho Park) Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
Florence/La Brea Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Inglewood 2019 [32]
Florence/West Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Inglewood / Los Angeles (Hyde Park) 2019 [32]
Hindry Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Inglewood / Los Angeles (Westchester) 2019 [32]
Irwindale Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Irwindale March 5, 2016 [31]
Leimert Park Crenshaw/LAX Line Crenshaw/LAX Line  Los Angeles (Leimert Park) 2019 [32]
Monrovia Gold Line Gold Line 
(Foothill Extension)
Monrovia March 5, 2016 [31]
Palms Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Los Angeles (Palms) Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
Westwood/Rancho Park Expo Line Expo Line 
(Phase 2)
Los Angeles (Rancho Park) Q2/Q3 2016 [30]
Westwood/UCLA Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Los Angeles (Westwood) 2035 [33]
Westwood/VA Hospital Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Los Angeles (Westwood) 2035 [33]
Wilshire/Fairfax Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Los Angeles (Beverly Grove / Carthay / Mid-Wilshire) 2023 [33]
Wilshire/La Brea Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Los Angeles (Hancock Park / Mid-Wilshire) 2023 [33]
Wilshire/La Cienega Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Beverly Hills 2023 [33]
Wilshire/Rodeo Purple Line Purple Line 
(Westside Extension)
Beverly Hills 2026 [33]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data includes combined statistics for both Purple and Red Lines.
  2. ^ Union Station began operating as a Metro Rail station on January 30, 1993, but it had been continuously operating as an inter-city and commuter rail station since May 5, 1939.[28]

References[edit]

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