Palms (Los Angeles Metro station)
The intersection of National and Palms.
The Metro station will be constructed on the embankment at left and an additional eastbound concrete trestle will be built.
|Address||10001 National Boulevard, Los Angeles|
|Platforms||1 center platform|
|Station status||under construction|
|Formerly||The Palms; Bay View|
Palms station is a light-rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system, at the intersection of National Boulevard and Palms Boulevard in the Palms District of Los Angeles. The station is scheduled to offer service in late 2015 with the opening of Phase II of the Expo Line.
Location and design
The station location is adjacent to the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, just west of the three-way intersection of National, Palms and Exposition boulevards and perched on an embankment above National Boulevard. Access will be provided by stairs and elevators at the east end of the station.
New construction will incorporate an existing steel bridge from the Air line era and add a new concrete bridge, both immediately east of the station over the National/Palms intersection, as well as re-use an existing rail tunnel located west of the station.
The Eastlake style building was situated approximately 600 yards (550 m) west of the present station location, on the south side of the tracks, and remained in active rail service until the closure of the Pacific Electric Air Line in 1953.
Used in many motion pictures, the building eventually fell into disrepair and abandonment, but was declared a cultural landmark on August 9, 1963. A grassroots organization, S.O.S. (Save Our Station), moved it in February 1976 to the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights, where it today is the museum's gift shop and visitor center. 
The original Palms station was built east of Motor Avenue, approximately 600 yards (550 m) west of the site of the new station. Originally slated to be named "National/Palms," the new station will be named simply "Palms" as a result of a request by the Palms Neighborhood Council. The council's resolution stated that:
the Pacific Line Palms station was an important landmark on the west side of the city, and the community that grew around it is one of the oldest on the west side of Los Angeles. Our stakeholders feel the naming of the station is not only an important branding opportunity for Palms, but an opportunity for Los Angeles to reinstate a link to the history in one of its oldest and most diverse communities. 
On April 25, 2013, the Metro board of directors voted in favor of "Palms" as the name for the new station.
References and notes
- Ari Bloomekatz, "Officials Approve Plans for Expo Line Route on Westside," Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2010
- Mapping L.A.
- Walking route to Cheviot Hills, Bing maps
- Project alternatives
- " "The local of this paper the other day had a look at the 'Palms,' an incipient town on the line of the S. P. road, some five miles from Santa Monica. It is no longer a misnomer as the proprietors have planted two large palms near the depot and some 160 plants on the various driveways." —  Newspaper account quoted in Ingersoll's Century History, Santa Monica Bay Cities, page 353"
- Additional image of the Palms station Accessed 13-May-2012.
- George Garrigues, Los Angeles's The Palms Neighborhood, Charleston:Arcadia Press (2009), page 26 ISBN 978-0-7385-6993-2
- Palms station letter
- Steve Hymon, "Board approves station names for Expo Line Phase 2," The Source, April 25, 2013
- Metro Expo Line Construction Authority
- Project Website, Metro Rail Expo Corridor, Phase 2 to Culver City
- Time lapse video of a soon-to-be upgraded portion of the line from six blocks west of Robertson Boulevard north- and westward to Pico Boulevard through the Palms and Cheviot Hills areas Location of old Palms station approximately 53 seconds in.