Hollywood/Highland station

Hollywood/Highland station is an underground rapid transit (known locally as a subway) station on the B Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. It is located under Hollywood Boulevard at its intersection with Highland Avenue, after which the station is named, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

Hollywood/Highland
B Line 
Hollywood-Highland platform 2016.jpg
Hollywood/Highland station platform
General information
Location6815 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California
Coordinates34°06′06″N 118°20′19″W / 34.1016°N 118.3386°W / 34.1016; -118.3386Coordinates: 34°06′06″N 118°20′19″W / 34.1016°N 118.3386°W / 34.1016; -118.3386
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
ParkingPaid parking nearby
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Share station[1]
History
OpenedJune 24, 2000; 22 years ago (2000-06-24)
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Universal City B Line Hollywood/Vine
Location

The station's entrance is located inside the Ovation Hollywood development which was built at about the same time as the station. The main entrances faces Hollywood Boulevard and is located in the center of the tourist area of Hollywood, near such attractions including the Dolby Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Museum and the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.

ServiceEdit

Station layoutEdit

Hollywood/Highland is a two-story station; the top level is a mezzanine with ticket machines while the bottom is the platform level. The station uses a simple island platform with two tracks.

G Street level Entrance/Exit
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Entrance/Exit
B2 Northbound   B Line toward North Hollywood (Universal City/Studio City)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound   B Line toward Union Station (Hollywood/Vine)

Hours and frequencyEdit

B Line trains run every day between approximately 4:30 a.m. and midnight. Trains operate every ten minutes during peak hours Monday through Friday, every twelve minutes during the daytime on weekdays and all day on the weekends after approximately 10 a.m. (with a 15-minute headway early Saturday and Sunday mornings). Night service is every 20 minutes.[2]

ConnectionsEdit

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[3]

Design and architectureEdit

 
The station headhouse at night in 2016

The design of the station was created by three different firms. The designer of the station is Sheila Klein, and the constructor of the station is CannonDesign. The lighting, material and mechanical design are from HLB Lighting Design.

The construction of the station were to be made of equipments given by the Metro, which according to HLB, made it challenging. The lighting pillars of the station was to resemble like a flower, and it was carefully sized to match well with the smooth, curved ceiling which 'resembled a belly'.[4] Sheila Klein named the architecture of the station, "Underground Girl".[5]

Future K Line connectionEdit

The under construction K Line will connect to this station via the future northern extension from the Expo/Crenshaw station (current terminus) which would offer connections to West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Crenshaw District, Leimert Park, Miracle Mile, City of Inglewood, and LAX. It will also allow connections to the E Line, D Line, and C Line as well as the LAX Automated People Mover.[6]

LocationEdit

The station is located in Hollywood at the intersection between two major roads, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.[7] Hollywood/Highland is beneath the shopping center of the same name and the Dolby Theatre. Pacific Electric Red Car interurban trains stopped on the surface in the early 1900s; this marked the junction of the Hollywood Line with the San Fernando Valley lines to Owensmouth and San Fernando.[8] Due to terrorism concerns, the station is closed on the day of the Academy Awards starting with the 74th Academy Awards on March 24, 2002. The one day station closure has remained in effect every year ever since except for the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021 in which that year's ceremony was held at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in California.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Station Map". Metro Bike Share. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Metro B Line schedule". Metro. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "B & D Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Metro Rail Hollywood / Highland Station". Horton Lees Brodgen (HLB) Lighting Design. Horton Lees Brodgen (HLB) Lighting Design. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Metro Art rendezvous: May art tours". TheSource: Transportation News & Views. Heidi Zeller. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Light Rail extension to West Hollywood might happen much sooner than planned". Curbed Los Angeles. Jeff Wattenhofer. September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Red Line Archived March 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine LACMTA Retrieved October 18, 2009
  8. ^ "Pacific Electric Time Tables" (PDF). wx4's Dome of Foam. Pacific Electric. September 1, 1934. p. 28. Retrieved September 1, 2021.