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Universal City/Studio City station

Universal City/Studio City, formerly Universal City, is a heavy rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located[1] at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard, Campo de Cahuenga and Universal Terrace Parkway.[2] in Los Angeles, California. This station is served by the Red Line.[3]

Universal City/Studio City
Red Line 
Los Angeles Metro, Universal City-Studio City Station, Platform View.jpeg
Platform View
Location3901 Lankershim Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
Coordinates34°08′21″N 118°21′45″W / 34.1391°N 118.3625°W / 34.1391; -118.3625Coordinates: 34°08′21″N 118°21′45″W / 34.1391°N 118.3625°W / 34.1391; -118.3625
Owned byMetro
Line(s)Red Line Red Line 
Platforms1 island platform
Connections"Kiss & Ride" passenger drop-off
Parking390 spaces
Bicycle facilities16 rack spaces
14 lockers
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJune 24, 2000; 19 years ago (June 24, 2000)
Previous namesUniversal City (2000–2013)
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Red Line



The lower floor (platform) view of the station from the upper floor.

Universal City/Studio City station lies within the Los Angeles neighborhood of Studio City, specifically at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard, Campo de Cahuenga and Universal Terrace Parkway.[2] Universal City/Studio City station straddles the hills between the Los Angeles Basin to the south and the San Fernando Valley to the north. Just southeast of the station, across the Hollywood Freeway (U.S. Route 101) is the Cahuenga Pass, which is arguably a neighborhood as well, consisting of a strip of shops, restaurants and offices that follow US 101, but along Cahuenga Boulevard, which parallels the freeway through the pass.

Universal StudiosEdit

Universal City/Studio City station serves the nearby Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. It also includes the NBC Universal studio complex and the 10 Universal City Plaza building. Riders can cross the street and board the tram to go to City Walk and the theme park, as well as the Studio itself. A pedestrian passageway was originally proposed by Metro but was ultimately scrapped because of Universal's reluctance to pay the growing costs of the project.

Universal, in conjunction with Metro, constructed a pedestrian bridge over Lankershim Boulevard and Universal Hollywood Drive that opened in April 2016. NBCUniversal agreed to fund a portion of the $19.5 million project, while the remainder was funded through Proposition A.[4][5]


Part of MOS-3 of the Red Line, Universal City/Studio City opened on June 24, 2000, as part of an extension from Hollywood/Vine to North Hollywood, the latter of which remains the line's northwestern terminus.

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Exits/Entrances
B2 Northbound   Red Line  toward North Hollywood (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound   Red Line  toward Union Station (Hollywood/Highland)
The station entrance using the sign pillar design of 2004-2014.

The Universal City/Studio City station lies underground, in this case beneath Bluffside Drive at its intersection with Campo de Cahuenga. Access is provided by two entrances, one on the northwest and the other on the southwest corner of the intersection between Lankershim Boulevard and Campo de Cahuenga.[2]

The station features a park and ride lot. There are a few public bus lines that stop or terminate at the bus bays on the west side of Lankershim Boulevard, adjacent to the station while others are found by crossing to the east side of Lankershim Boulevard.

Bus connectionsEdit


  1. ^,-118.3645497,17z
  2. ^ a b c Universal City connections LACMTA Retrieved 2013-04-03
  3. ^ "Red Line station information". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19.
  4. ^ Fu, Jon. "Universal City Station Pedestrian Bridge Construction Begins". Inside Universal. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  5. ^ Chen, Anna (31 March 2016). "No Floo powder? No problem, you can take Muggle transit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter". LACMTA. Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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