26th St/Bergamot
E Line 
E Line train at the station
General information
Location2425 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, California
Coordinates34°01′40″N 118°28′12″W / 34.0279°N 118.4699°W / 34.0279; -118.4699Coordinates: 34°01′40″N 118°28′12″W / 34.0279°N 118.4699°W / 34.0279; -118.4699
Owned byMetro
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBig Blue Bus
Construction
Bicycle facilitiesRacks and lockers
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 146 years ago (October 17, 1875)
RebuiltMay 20, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-05-20)
Previous namesBergamot
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
17th Street/Santa Monica College E Line Expo/Bundy
Former services
Preceding station PE Bolt.svg Pacific Electric Following station
Sunset
towards Rustic Canyon
Air Line Bundy
Location

26th Street/Bergamot station is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located near the intersection of 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California and near the Bergamot Station Arts Center. The station is served by the E Line.[1]

Service

Station layout

Westbound  E Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (17th Street/Santa Monica College)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound  E Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Expo/Bundy)

The station is in the Pico District of Santa Monica, along the southern edge of Olympic Boulevard, just east of 26th Street.

The City of Santa Monica refers to the station area as the "Bergamot Transit Village".[2] It is also within walking distance of several business offices and studios, including the Water Garden office complex, as well as several parks.

The station has entrances on both ends.[3]

Hours and frequency

E Line trains run every day between approximately 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 am. 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 8 a.m. (with a 15 to 20-minute headway early Saturday and Sunday mornings). Night service is every 20 minutes.[4]

Connections

As of December 19, 2021, the following connections are available:[5]

Notable places nearby

The station is within walking distance of the following notable places:

Name and history

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) still grows in clumps around the station area.
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) still grows in clumps around the station area.

The name "Bergamot Station" dates back to 1890, and was a stop and car storage area on the steam powered Los Angeles and Independence Railroad from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, as well as the subsequent Santa Monica Air Line on the Pacific Electric trolley system until 1953.[6][7]

Vehicle maintenance facility

Expo Phase 2 includes a maintenance facility for Expo light-rail vehicles. This facility performs shop-related activities, including servicing, cleaning, inspection and repair of LRT vehicles. It also includes a yard with a storage capacity of up to 45 LRT vehicles.[3]

Several locations for this facility were proposed and evaluated, including the "Verizon site" (land just east of Bergamot Station, between Stewart Street and Centinela Avenue) and the Bergamot Station site itself. Use of the Verizon site was opposed by many residents of the surrounding Stewart Park neighborhood, who feared the project would create noise and other environmental impact. Use of the Bergamot Station site was opposed by artists at Bergamot Station, who successfully argued that Bergamot had become an irreplaceable resource for the west coast arts community.[8]

The City of Santa Monica and Expo built the facility on land which includes the Verizon site, as well as land that was a parking lot owned by Santa Monica College. They believe that with this "hybrid site", most environmental impacts from the facility were properly mitigated.[9][10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) – Planning & Community Development – City of Santa Monica". Shapethefuture2025.net. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Metro E Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "E Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 19, 2021. p. 2. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "Bergamot Station". Bergamot Station. April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Los Angeles Herald. "The Iron Highways." June 14, 1890. page 2
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Boehm, Mike (June 14, 2014) "Bergamot Station's tenants at odds over its future as Expo Line nears" Los Angeles Times