Culver City
E Line 
Culver City station platform
General information
Location8817 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California
Coordinates34°01′42″N 118°23′18″W / 34.0282°N 118.3883°W / 34.0282; -118.3883
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Parking586 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Hub, racks and lockers[2]
AccessibleYes
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 148 years ago (1875-10-17)
RebuiltJune 20, 2012; 12 years ago (2012-06-20)[3]
Previous namesCulver Junction; Ivy
Services
Preceding station Metro Rail Following station
Palms E Line La Cienega/Jefferson
Former services
Preceding station Pacific Electric Following station
Palms
towards Rustic Canyon
Air Line Sentous
First Street
towards Rustic Canyon
Venice Short Line National Boulevard
towards Hill Street
First Street Palms
towards Clifton
Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey
Location
Map

Culver City station is an elevated light rail station on the E Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. The station is located on a dedicated right-of-way alongside Exposition Boulevard — between the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard on the west and the intersection of Washington Boulevard and National Boulevard on the east. The station is located in the city of Culver City, California, after which the station is named.[4]

Service

Station layout

Platform Westbound E Line E Line toward Santa Monica (Palms)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound E Line E Line toward East Los Angeles (La Cienega/Jefferson)
G Street Level Entrance/Exit, faregates, ticket machines

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 15 to 20-minute headways early Saturday and Sunday mornings). Night service is every 20 minutes.[5]

Connections

As of December 10, 2023, the following connections are available:[6]

History

A railway stop known as La Ballona Station, along the Los Angeles and Independence Railway established 1874, was located on or near the site of what came to be known as Ivy Station, Culver Junction and Culver City station.[7] La Ballona Station was located at what is now Washington Boulevard, which circa 1883 was known as the "Monte Vista and La Ballona Station Road" and which extended Washington Street west from Los Angeles.[8] In 1886, the "surveyors of the Santa Monica Railroad have just crossed the S.P. track at Ballona, just where the county road crossed that track near La Ballona station. The terminus is finally fixed at South Santa Monica, near where the old Juan Bernard wharf is."[9] When the Palms Depot opened in 1887 it was noted to be between La Ballona Station and Santa Monica.[10] The name La Ballona Station was still in use as late as 1893;[11] the name Ivy Station first appears in print in 1889.[12]

Los Angeles-Pacific Railroad built the Venice Short Line though the area in 1903.[13] The interurban railway was grade-separated from the steam railroad via an underpass. When The LAP began running cars over the Santa Monica Air Line in 1908, the tracks were connected to allow interchanges.[14] The point was later renamed Culver Junction to reflect its new role. In 1915 the station briefly hosted the Culver City branch of the Los Angeles County Free Library.[15]

Culver City depot under construction c. 1923; per the Los Angeles Public Library's photo catalog description, the white building to the rear is Harry Culver's real estate office (Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection)

The Venice line closed in September 1950, making it no longer a junction; finally, all passenger service ended on September 30, 1953. The name "Culver Junction" remained on maps, referring to the immediate surrounding area. With service restoration along the corridor in June 2012, the new light rail station was named Culver City.

Ivy Substation, a traction substation building which housed mechanical rotary converters used to supply DC current to the line until 1953, is still standing near this station and has been converted into the popular Actor's Gang Theater. (Train power now comes from a much smaller building beneath the elevated platform.)

E Line (Los Angeles Metro) platform at Culver City station, 2015

Culver City station served as the initial western terminus of the Expo line from its re-opening on June 20, 2012. It became a through-station with the re-opening of the remainder of the line to Santa Monica on May 20, 2016.

Notable places nearby

Ivy Substation, still-standing former station power building north of platform.

At the northeast edge of Downtown Culver City, a major retail, entertainment and arts district, the station is within walking distance of several notable places:

Station artwork

The station's art was created by artist Tom LaDuke. Entitled Unknowable Origins, the installation depicts softly rendered views of Culver City as seen from surrounding hillside viewpoints, with abstracted face shapes of notable people from Culver City appearing in each panel.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Metro Parking Lots by Line". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Secure Bike Parking on Metro" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 6, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Two more Expo Line stations to open June 20". Los Angeles Times. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on January 10, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Exposition Bl/Culver City Connections" (PDF). Metro. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  5. ^ "Metro E Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 12, 2021. Archived from the original on November 20, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "E Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 10, 2023. p. 1. Retrieved December 26, 2023.
  7. ^ "Record Group 28: Records of the Post Office Department, Series: Reports of Site Locations, California: Los Angeles M - Z (NAID: 68228967)". catalog.archives.gov. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  8. ^ "Board of Supervisors". Los Angeles Herald. May 10, 1883. p. 3. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  9. ^ "Railroad Notes". Los Angeles Herald. March 14, 1886. p. 1. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  10. ^ "New Railroad Station". Los Angeles Herald. January 15, 1887. p. 8. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  11. ^ "Lowell Wins the Go-As-You Please". Los Angeles Herald. January 10, 1893. p. 8. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  12. ^ "Found – in Ivy Station". The Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1889. p. 1. Archived from the original on March 11, 2023. Retrieved March 11, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  13. ^ Masters, Nathan (February 21, 2014). "Many L.A. Boulevards Began as Trolley Lines". KCET. Archived from the original on February 14, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  14. ^ "Electric Line to Beach Displaces S.P. Railroad". Los Angeles Evening Express. May 16, 1908. p. 5. Archived from the original on September 14, 2022. Retrieved July 28, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  15. ^ "History of the Los Angeles county free library 1912-1927". HathiTrust. p. 18. Retrieved November 19, 2023.
  16. ^ Sharp, Steven (April 6, 2020). "Exterior Finishes Unveiled at Culver City's Ivy Station Complex". Urbanize LA. Archived from the original on April 7, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  17. ^ "Unknowable Origins". Metro Art. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved December 7, 2021.

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