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Expo/Crenshaw is a light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at the intersection of Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The station currently consists of at-grade platforms served by the Expo Line; new subway platforms, to be served by the Crenshaw/LAX Line, are under construction.[1]

Expo/Crenshaw
Expo Line  Crenshaw/LAX Line 
Expo & Crenshaw Expo Line Station 2.JPG
Metro Expo Line heading westbound to Culver City Station leaves Expo/Crenshaw Station.
Location3428 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°01′21″N 118°20′06″W / 34.0225°N 118.3350°W / 34.0225; -118.3350Coordinates: 34°01′21″N 118°20′06″W / 34.0225°N 118.3350°W / 34.0225; -118.3350
Owned byMetro
Platforms2 nearside platforms (Expo Line)
1 center platform (Crenshaw/LAX Line)
Tracks2
ConnectionsMetro Local: 210
Metro Rapid: 710, 740
Construction
Parking450 nearby free spaces (independent) Monday-Saturday, excluding Sunday
Bicycle facilities10 bike racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Statusin service
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 143 years ago (1875-10-17)
RebuiltApril 28, 2012 (7 years ago) (2012-04-28)
Previous names11th Ave
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Expo Line
  Former services  
Pacific Electric Pacific Electric
Air Line
  Future service  
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
TerminusCrenshaw/LAX Line
Gold Line
toward Atlantic

The station incorporates artwork by three artists: Erwin Redl, Rebeca Méndez, and Jaime Scholnick.[2]

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ServiceEdit

Metro Rail serviceEdit

Expo Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 AM until 12:30 AM daily. Metro Rail service at the station opened on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Regular scheduled service began on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Location and designEdit

The Expo Line platforms for Expo/Crenshaw station are located in the median of Exposition Boulevard on either side of its intersection with the busy Crenshaw Boulevard, a major L.A. thoroughfare. This intersection is a short walk to either Obama Boulevard [3] or Jefferson Blvd. The entrance to the subway station currently being built as part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line project will be located at the southeast corner of Expo and Crenshaw.

The station is within walking distance to the following:

Station layoutEdit

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

G Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 (Westbound)   Expo Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Farmdale)
Platform 1 (Eastbound)   Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Expo/Western)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Ticket machines
B1 Faregates, Ticket machines
B2 Platform 4 (Southbound)   Crenshaw/LAX Line  (under construction) toward Redondo Beach (Martin Luther King Jr.)
  Crenshaw/LAX Line  (planned) northern extension
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Platform 3 (Southbound)   Crenshaw/LAX Line  (under construction) toward Redondo Beach (Martin Luther King Jr.)

The station's art was created by artist Willie Robert Middlebrook Jr. The untitled installation uses manipulated photographs to depict the diverse population in interaction with the earth and the environment.[6]

HistoryEdit

Originally a stop on the Los Angeles and Independence and Pacific Electric Trolley Line, it was closed on September 30, 1953 with closure of the Santa Monica Air Line and remained out of service and eventually dismantled, 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 Monday, April 30, 2012.

Crenshaw/LAX LineEdit

The station will become a transfer station hub when the Crenshaw/LAX Line service begins in 2020. The Metro staff board has ruled out an actual at-grade junction station between the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Expo Line, stating that it is operationally not feasible. (Such a junction would result in three rail lines—the Crenshaw, Expo and the Blue Lines—sharing the single pair of tracks on Flower Street leading into 7th Street/Metro Center station, putting those tracks well above their capacity limit and causing delays.) Instead, a light rail subway station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line is being constructed under Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Road, in order to allow for an extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line north through a Purple Line station and to the Red Line's Hollywood/Highland station where it will terminate via an uncertain route.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Expo - Phase 1 - Overview". BuildExpo.org. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  2. ^ Broverman, Neal (January 22, 2018). "An Early Look at All the Artwork Coming to the Metro Crenshaw Line Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "LA City Council green lines south la street name change". nbclosangeles.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  4. ^ "A First Glimpse of the District Square Development". Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  5. ^ "Crenshaw Gardens". www.urbanize LA.com. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  6. ^ "Expo - Expo Art Program". BuildExpo.org. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  7. ^ "Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project Final Feasibility Study - Wilshire/La Brea Transit Extension" (pdf). Metro (LACMTA). May 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  8. ^ "Feasibility study looks at possible routes for Crenshaw Northern". The Source. July 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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