Cal State L.A.
Cal State LA westbound busway platform
General information
Location5150 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°03′45″N 118°10′13″W / 34.0625°N 118.1702°W / 34.0625; -118.1702
Owned byCaltrans and California State University, Los Angeles Consortium
Operated byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Line(s)SCRRA San Gabriel Subdivision[1]
ConnectionsSee connections section
Bicycle facilitiesRacks
  • February 18, 1975 (1975-02-18) (Busway)
  • October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26) (Metrolink)
Preceding station Metrolink Following station
L.A. Union Station
San Bernardino Line El Monte
San Bernardino Line Express Covina
Preceding station Metro Busway Following station
LA General Medical Center
toward San Pedro
J Line El Monte
Future services
Preceding station Metrolink Following station
L.A. General Medical Center San Bernardino Line El Monte

Cal State LA station (officially Cal State Los Angeles station)[2] is a commuter train and bus station located on the El Monte Busway. The station is located between Interstate 10 and its namesake, the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. It is located in the El Sereno neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles and Eastside region, in southern California. The busway portion of the station opened on February 18, 1975[3] and the Metrolink platform was added on October 26, 1994.[4]

Just west of this station, the westbound busway lanes cross over the eastbound lanes, reversing the normal placement of the lanes. They remain reversed until the western terminus of the El Monte Busway at Union Station. The reversed lanes allow buses to serve by a single island platform station at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center but prevent vehicles from entering the busway from the general-purpose lanes of Interstate 10 in the eastbound direction.[5]

Just east of this station, the busway and train tracks move off the separate right of way and move into the median of Interstate 10.[6]


The station is served by the Metrolink San Bernardino Line commuter rail line and two bus rapid transit routes: the J Line, operated by Metro and the Silver Streak, operated by Foothill Transit.

Cal State LA station is served by 36 Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains (18 in each direction) each weekday, running primarily at peak hours in the peak direction of travel. This station is also served by an express train that operates once in each direction on weekdays. Weekend service consists of 16 trains (8 in each direction) on both Saturday and Sunday, evenly spaced throughout the day.[7]

The busway station is also served by Los Angeles Metro Bus express routes 487 and 489 along with Foothill Transit routes 490, 493, 495, 498, 499 and 699. Metro's Express 487 route operates all-day, seven days a week; the rest only run during weekday peak periods.[8]

Local bus connections

Cal State LA station is also served by several bus routes that use bus stops near the station on surface streets:[8]

Station layout

Cal State LA station has a unique multi-level design. The street-level facilities are on the south end of the Cal State LA campus and include ticket vending machines and bus plaza. The westbound busway platform is one level below the street level. On the lowest level, the train platform is located directly under the westbound busway platform and the eastbound busway platform is reached from a bridge across both lanes of the busway.

The Metrolink platform at Cal State LA station is only 258 feet (79 m) long, about half the length of the typical Metrolink platform,[1] so not all train doors open when serving this station.

G Street level Entrance/Exit, ticket vending machines, bus plaza, Cal State LA
Upper Level Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound  J Line toward Harbor Gateway or San Pedro (LA General Medical Center)
Silver Streak toward Los Angeles (LA General Medical Center)
Lower Level
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right, not all doors open
Metrolink (California) San Bernardino toward Los Angeles (Terminus)
Metrolink (California) San Bernardino toward San Bernardino (El Monte or Covina)
Eastbound  J Line toward El Monte (Terminus)
Silver Streak toward Montclair (El Monte)
Side platform, doors will open on the right



  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 19.
  2. ^ "Rail Station Naming" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 15, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "February 18: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History". Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive. December 29, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "Cal State L.A. station opens on S.B. rail line". The San Bernardino County Sun. October 27, 1994. p. 3. Retrieved July 6, 2019 – via
  5. ^ Hillmer, Jon; Parry, Stephen T. (June 5, 1994). The El Monte Busway: A Twenty-Year Retrospective (PDF) (Report). Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2020-11-30 – via Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive.
  6. ^ "From Dream to Reality El Monte-Los Angeles Busway" (PDF). Southern California Rapid Transit District. 1975. Retrieved November 30, 2020 – via Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive.
  7. ^ a b "J Line Timetable – Map notes section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 26, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved July 13, 2022.