Universal City/Studio City station
|Location||3901 Lankershim Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||"Kiss & Ride" passenger drop-off|
|Bicycle facilities||16 rack spaces
|Opened||June 24, 2000|
|Previous names||Universal City (2000–2013)|
Universal City/Studio City, formerly Universal City, is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Metro Rail in Los Angeles, California. Serving Universal Studios Hollywood and City Walk. Universal City/Studio City station straddles the hills between the Los Angeles Basin to the south and the San Fernando Valley to the north.
Universal City/Studio City station lies within the Los Angeles neighborhood of Studio City, specifically at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard, Campo de Cahuenga and Universal Terrace Parkway. Just southeast of the station, across the Hollywood Freeway (U.S. Route 101) is the Cahuenga Pass, which is arguably a neighborhood as well, consisting of a strip of shops, restaurants and offices that follow US 101, but along Cahuenga Boulevard, which parallels the freeway through the pass.
Universal City/Studio City station serves the nearby Universal Studios theme park, as well as the NBC Universal studio complex. Riders can cross the street and board the tram to go to City Walk and the theme park, as well as the Studio itself. A pedestrian tunnel was originally proposed by Metro but was ultimately scrapped because of Universal's reluctance to pay the growing costs of the project.
Universal, in conjunction with Metro, constructed a pedestrian bridge over Lankershim Boulevard and Universal Hollywood Drive that opened in April 2016. NBCUniversal agreed to fund a portion of the $19.5 million project, while the remainder was funded through Proposition A.
Part of MOS-3 of the Red Line, Universal City/Studio City opened on June 24, 2000, as part of an extension from Hollywood/Vine to North Hollywood, the latter of which remains the line's northwestern terminus.
|B1||Mezzanine||Faregates, ticket machines, to Exits/Entrances|
|B2||Northbound||← Red Line toward North Hollywood (Terminus)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound||→ Red Line toward Union Station (Hollywood/Highland) →|
The Universal City/Studio City station lies underground, in this case beneath Bluffside Drive at its intersection with Campo de Cahuenga. Access is provided by two entrances, one on the northwest and the other on the southwest corner of the intersection between Lankershim Boulevard and Campo de Cahuenga.
The station features a park and ride lot. There are a few public bus lines that stop or terminate at the bus bays on the west side of Lankershim Boulevard, adjacent to the station while others are found by crossing to the east side of Lankershim Boulevard.
- Metro Local: 150, 155, 224, 237, 240, 656 (late night only)
- Metro Rapid: 750
- Universal City Shuttle Tram (free shuttle to Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk)
- Universal City connections LACMTA Retrieved 2013-04-03
- Fu, Jon. "Universal City Station Pedestrian Bridge Construction Begins". Inside Universal. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Chen, Anna (31 March 2016). "No Floo powder? No problem, you can take Muggle transit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter". LACMTA. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- Media related to Universal City/Studio City (Los Angeles Metro station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Station connections overview