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Pico is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, on Flower Street and Pico Boulevard. The station is served by the Metro Blue Line and the Metro Expo Line. The Metro Silver Line buses heading northbound to El Monte Station stop one block west of the station at Figueroa Street and Pico Boulevard. Southbound Silver Line buses heading to Harbor Gateway Transit Center stop at Flower St./Pico Blvd.

Pico
Blue Line  Expo Line  Silver Line 
Pico Metro Blue & Expo Lines Station 1.JPG
Pico Metro Blue & Expo Lines Station.
Location1236 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Coordinates34°02′25″N 118°16′00″W / 34.0402°N 118.2667°W / 34.0402; -118.2667Coordinates: 34°02′25″N 118°16′00″W / 34.0402°N 118.2667°W / 34.0402; -118.2667
Owned byMetro
Line(s)Metro Rail:
Blue Line Blue Line 
Expo Line Expo Line 

Metro Busway:
Silver Line Silver Line 
Platforms2 (1 center platform)
Tracks2
ConnectionsMetro Local: 30, 81, 330*
Metro Express: 442*, 460
LADOT DASH: DD, F
LADOT Commuter Express: 419*, 422*, 423*, 438*, 448*
OCTA: 701*, 721*
* M-F rush hours only
Sat-Sun only
Construction
Parkingnone
Bicycle facilitiesnone
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusNot in service
History
OpenedJuly 14, 1990; 28 years ago (July 14, 1990)
Previous namesPico/Chick Hearn
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Blue Line
Terminus
Expo Line
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Busway   Following station
(with interim stops)
Silver Line
(street service)
(with interim stops)
toward El Monte
  Future service  
Blue Line
Gold Line
toward Atlantic

The full (official) station name is Pico/Chick Hearn. This name memorializes sportscaster Francis Dayle "Chick" Hearn (1916–2002), longtime play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers. On April 13, 2016, the station was temporarily renamed "Kobe" to commemorate professional basketball player Kobe Bryant's last game.[1] Since then, the station is listed on Metro maps as "Pico Station" only.

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ServiceEdit

Metro Rail serviceEdit

Blue Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 AM until 1:00 AM daily.[1] Expo Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 AM until 2:00 AM daily.[2]

Metro Liner serviceEdit

The Metro Silver Line northbound street stop is located at Figueroa Street & Pico Boulevard (1 block west of the Pico Station). The Silver Line southbound street stop is Flower St/Pico Blvd, next to the station. The Silver Line operates 24 hours a day.[3]

LocationEdit

Pico station serves the South Park neighborhood on its east, and the Figueroa/Convention District on its west. It is located on the east side of Flower Street, just north of Pico Boulevard.

North of this station is the Flower Street Tunnel, which connects Pico station to 7th St/Metro Center Station via Flower Street. The tunnel's portal is just south of 11th Street on Flower Street. The tunnel will be extended when the Regional Connector is completed in 2020.

AttractionsEdit

Station layoutEdit

Platform Platform 2 (Southbound/Westbound)   Blue Line toward Downtown Long Beach (Grand/LATTC)
  Expo Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (LATTC/Ortho Institute)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1 (Northbound/Eastbound)   Blue Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Terminus)
  Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Terminus)

Pico is an at-grade center-platform station designed to accommodate Metro light rail vehicles. The station's entrance is on the northeast corner of Flower/Pico.

Metro added gates and flashing lights at this station during late December 2011, as part of a set of safety enhancements that were added as part of the Expo Line project.[2] Access upgrades were added in 2018 due to increased use and development of the area.[3] Metro has held discussions regarding placing the station underground or expanding the light rail capacity in time for the 2028 Olympics.[4]

HistoryEdit

Pico station opened along with the Blue Line on July 14, 1990 and was the site of opening day celebrations. Because the underground portion of the line was not yet complete, this station served as the northern terminus for the line until February 1991 when 7th St/Metro Center Station opened.[5]

During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the station will serve spectators traveling to events at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center and Microsoft Theater.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hamilton, Matt (April 13, 2016). "Kobe Bryant to get his name on a Metro station -- for one day only". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.metro.net/board/Items/2010/07_July/20100722RBMItem26.pdf
  3. ^ Slayton, Nicholas. "Pico Station Getting an Upgrade". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Draft Details Announced for "28 by 28" Metro Projects for L.A. Olympics". 2 December 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Blue Line station information".
  6. ^ http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf

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