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Wilshire/Western station

Wilshire/Western is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown District. This station is served by the Purple Line.[1]

Purple Line 
Train parked at Wilshire Western.JPG
Location3775 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Coordinates34°03′42″N 118°18′33″W / 34.0617°N 118.3091°W / 34.0617; -118.3091Coordinates: 34°03′42″N 118°18′33″W / 34.0617°N 118.3091°W / 34.0617; -118.3091
Owned byMetro
Line(s) Purple Line 
Platforms1 island platform
Bicycle facilities16 bike rack spaces
4 locker spaces
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJuly 13, 1996; 23 years ago (July 13, 1996)
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
TerminusPurple Line
Purple Line

Wilshire/Western was the western terminus (the last stop) of the Purple Line when it opened,[1] and is one of only two subway stations in the system not served by the Red Line.

The subway plaza, with bus stop sign for the westbound Metro Rapid 720
The entrance to Wilshire/Western Station

Prior plans called for this subway to extend to Fairfax Ave. and then north into the Valley but due to political disagreements, the line currently terminates here and the Red Line travels to the Valley via Vermont Avenue. Metro is now currently constructing the Purple Line Extension to extend the Purple Line west from this station to an eventual terminus station in Westwood, near UCLA.[2]

The two artwork installations at Wilshire/Western are called "People Coming", and the other "People Going". They are large murals at each end of the station. The artist responsible is Richard Wyatt, a Lynwood native.


A condominium tower named Solair opened above the station in 2009.

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Exits/Entrances
B2 Eastbound   Purple Line  toward Union Station (Wilshire/Normandie)
  Purple Line  (under construction) toward Wilshire/La Cienega (Wilshire/La Brea)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Eastbound   Purple Line  toward Union Station (Wilshire/Normandie)

Metro Rail serviceEdit

The bumper block at the end of the tracks
The crossover at the inbound end of the platform

Purple Line service hours are approximately from 5:00 AM until 12:45 AM daily.[3]

Bus connectionsEdit

Metro services

Other local and commuter services


  1. ^ a b "Purple Line station information".
  2. ^ Metro (LACMTA). "Westside Subway Extension (project website)". Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  3. ^ "Red/Purple Line timetable" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-05-10.

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