Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station

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Willowbrook/Rosa Parks
A Line  C Line 
Green line platform at Willowbrook (Los Angeles Metro station).JPG
Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station upper platform for the C Line
Location11611 Willowbrook Avenue & 11651 Wilmington Avenue
Willowbrook, California 90059
Coordinates33°55′42″N 118°14′17″W / 33.9282°N 118.2380°W / 33.9282; -118.2380Coordinates: 33°55′42″N 118°14′17″W / 33.9282°N 118.2380°W / 33.9282; -118.2380
Owned byMetro
Platforms2 center platforms
Tracks4
Construction
Parking975 "park and ride" spaces
Bicycle facilities30 bike rack spaces
4 bike lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusIn service
History
OpenedLower platform: July 14, 1990; 30 years ago (July 14, 1990)
Upper platform: August 12, 1995; 24 years ago (August 12, 1995)
RebuiltOctober 2019 (lower platform)
Previous namesImperial (1990–1995)
Imperial/Wilmington Ave (1995–2011)
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Compton A Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers
Avalon C Line Long Beach Boulevard
toward Norwalk
Future services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Compton A Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers
Location

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks (formerly Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks) is a major transport hub and Los Angeles Metro Rail station that serves the A Line and C Line. The station, located at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue in the Willowbrook community of Los Angeles County, is a major transfer point for commuters.[1][2]

As a major transfer station, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station also acts as a major bus hub, serving many bus routes operated by Metro and other regional/municipal transit agencies. The station also has park and ride facilities, including 975 parking spaces and 4 bike lockers. To the east of the station is the Metro Rail Operations Center, which is the dispatch hub for all Metro Rail train operators.

The station is located in unincorporated Willowbrook, near the Los Angeles community of Watts in the South Los Angeles region. It is directly across the street from the Imperial Courts Housing Project, which is located within the City of Los Angeles. The C Line platform for this station is located in the middle of the I-105 Freeway.

The station's official name memorializes Rosa Parks, an important African-American civil rights activist. From the Blue (A) Line's opening on July 14, 1990 until the Green Line opened on August 12, 1995 the Blue Line station platform was known as Imperial station while the Green Line station platform was planned to be called Wilmington station.

The Blue Line portion of the station was closed from January 26 to November 2, 2019 for a major renovation project as part of the New Blue Improvements Project.[3]

Service[edit]

Metro Rail service[edit]

A Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 AM until 1:00 AM daily.[1] C Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 AM until 12:30 AM daily.[2]

Bus connections[edit]

Station layout[edit]

Upper level Westbound  C Linetoward Redondo Beach (Avalon)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound  C Linetoward Norwalk (Long Beach Boulevard)
Mezzanine Ticket machines
Street level Ticket machines
Southbound  A Linetoward Downtown Long Beach (Compton)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound  A Linetoward 7th Street/Metro Center (103rd Street/Watts Towers)
The old Blue (A) Line platform.

The A Line is on the lower platform, and the C Line is on the upper platform. The two levels are connected by stairs/escalators/elevators via a mezzanine. Ticket machines are located on street level and the mezzanine.

A spur track connects the northbound A Line just south of the station to a pocket track on the C Line, allowing trains to transfer between the two lines when necessary, usually to allow C Line trains to access the A Line maintenance yard. This track is not used for revenue service.

Central Plaza Renovation[edit]

A $10.25 million grant from the United States Department of Transportation in 2014 was used to partially fund $53 million in major upgrades to the station, including improved lighting, new paintings, new central plaza and extended platforms.[4]

Neighborhood and destinations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Line station information" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Green Line station information" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Blue Line Improvements Project Fact Sheet" (PDF). Metro. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Nelson, Laura J. (September 13, 2014). "Federal grant will fund improvements to Willowbrook Metro station". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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