Del Mar
L Line 
Gold Line train at Del Mar station, July 18, 2013.jpg
Gold Line train at Del Mar station in 2013
General information
Location230 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, California
Coordinates34°08′33″N 118°08′56″W / 34.1426°N 118.1488°W / 34.1426; -118.1488Coordinates: 34°08′33″N 118°08′56″W / 34.1426°N 118.1488°W / 34.1426; -118.1488
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking610 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilitiesRacks and bike room
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectMoule and Polyzoides
Opened1887 (1887)
Rebuilt1935 (1935) (second station)
July 26, 2003 (2003-07-26) (light rail station)
Previous namesPasadena
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
toward Atlantic
L Line Memorial Park
Future service
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Fillmore A Line Memorial Park
Former services (Pasadena station)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
Southwest Limited
Super Chief
Desert Wind
Las Vegas Limited
toward Las Vegas
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Raymond Main Line
Via Pomona
Lamanda Park
toward Chicago

Del Mar station is an at-grade light rail station on the L Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. It is located between Arroyo Parkway and Raymond Avenue at Del Mar Boulevard, after which the station is named, in Pasadena, California. The station is located on the site of the historic Pasadena Santa Fe Depot and the station building, built in 1935, still stands on the property.

The property surrounding the station, situated on the southern edge of Old Town Pasadena, has been used extensively for transit-oriented development projects, including one apartment building that was built over the tracks, creating a tunnel for trains.

The light rail station opened on July 26, 2003, as part of the original Gold Line, then known as the "Pasadena Metro Blue Line" project. This station and all the other original and Foothill Extension stations will be part of the A Line upon completion of the Regional Connector project in 2022.

It is one of the L Line stations near the Rose Parade route on Colorado Boulevard and is used by people coming to see the parade.[2]

This station features station art called Kinetic Energy, created by artist Ries Niemi.


Original Victorian style station building
Original Victorian style station building

Pasadena became a stop on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway’s transcontinental line in 1887. The first station was a Victorian style building with tower, weather vane, and scalloped shingles.[3]

In 1935, a new station was built, this time a Spanish Mediterranean style, one-story white stucco building with green trim and a red-tile roof.[4] The station was designed by architect H.C. Gilman and featured ceramic tile designed by Pasadena craftsman Ernest Batchelder.[5]

Pasadena was a stop on the Santa Fe's Super Chief, Chief, El Capitan and other major intercity streamliners, and became a popular with wealthy Easterners who “wintered” in Pasadena, and elite Hollywood actors.[6]

Southwestern style station building
Southwestern style station building

Amtrak took over passenger train service from the Santa Fe on May 1, 1971, and leased the station building from the Santa Fe's real estate subsidiary, the Santa Fe Pacific Realty Corp., for its Southwest Chief and Desert Wind trains.[7] The Desert Wind was re-routed via Fullerton in 1986.[8]

In the early 1990s, the Santa Fe agreed to sell the tracks through Pasadena as part of a larger deal with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would use the right of way to build the Gold Line, then known as the "Pasadena Metro Blue Line" project.[9] Southwest Chief service continued until a planned closure on January 16, 1994, to make way for future light rail trains.[5] One day later, the 1994 Northridge earthquake badly damaged the bridge that carried the tracks of the Pasadena Subdivision over the 210 freeway in Arcadia.

As construction was underway on the new light rail line, an agreement was reached to use the 4.4-acre (1.8 ha) site for a transit-oriented development project to include 347 apartments, a 1,200 space underground parking garage to be used by Metro passengers and the apartment renters, public courtyards, retail shops, and the historic Santa Fe Depot, which would be fully restored.[10][11] The project was designed by Nadel Architects and Moule & Polyzoides.[11]

To enable the construction of the underground parking garage, in November 2001, a preservation firm sliced the historic train station into three pieces and moved them across Raymond Avenue to be stored in Central Park.[11] It was returned to the station site in September 2003 and reused as a space for a restaurant.[12]

The underground parking garage opened in April 2003,[11] the light rail line opened on July 26, 2003,[6] and the commercial/residential development opened in June 2006.[13]

By 2007, Metro's 600 spaces in the underground parking garage were being underutilized. Most usage happened on weekdays and Metro still had enough excess capacity to rent spaces to a car dealership group. Meanwhile, the nearby parking garages for Old Town Pasadena shoppers were often full on weekends. In 2007, the City of Pasadena purchased Metro's share of the garage, opening it up to both commuters and shoppers.[14]


Station layout

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound L Line L Line toward APU/Citrus College (Memorial Park)
Southbound L Line L Line toward Atlantic (Fillmore)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Hours and frequency

L Line service hours are approximately from 5:00 AM until 12:15 AM daily. Monday through Friday, trains on the L Line operate every 10 minutes during peak hours, every 12 minutes during the midday hours, and every 20 minutes into the evening. During the weekends, trains operate every 12 minutes most of the day, but every 20 minutes in the early morning and evening hours.[15]


As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[16]

Notable places nearby

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


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  2. ^ Riding Metro on New Year's Day Archived December 30, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Santa Fe railroad station and train, Pasadena, 1935 - UCLA Library Digital Collections". Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  4. ^ "Pasadena to Get New Rail Depot, Santa Fe to Build Modern Station at 'Hollywood's Jumping-off Place'". Los Angeles Times. March 23, 1935.
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  7. ^ Ward, Mike (August 10, 1989). "Pasadena Wants Amtrak Station: City Would Acquire Depot by Eminent Domain for Use as Commuter Center". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "The Second District of the AT&SF - Abandoned Rails". Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "$35 Million Ok'd for Rail Work". Long Beach Press-Telegram. City News Service (Los Angeles). April 2, 1993. p. D8. Retrieved November 11, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  10. ^ Lee, Elizabeth (December 21, 2001). "City greenlights Del Mar complex - 347-apartment project granted 8 zoning variances". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved November 10, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  11. ^ a b c d Bender, Mary (April 12, 2003). "Developers hope Gold Line a gold mine - Parking garage finished at Del Mar Station". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved November 10, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  12. ^ Bender, Mary (August 15, 2003). "Living by the train tracks - Del Mar Station officials touting Gold Line transit village". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved November 10, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  13. ^ Fielding, Cortney (June 4, 2006). "Del Mar transit village coming alive". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved November 10, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  14. ^ Ruiz, Kenneth Todd (June 15, 2007). "City seeks parking spaces at train station". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved November 10, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  15. ^ "Metro L Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 27, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  16. ^ "L Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  17. ^ "ArtCenter College of Design Shuttle Route" (PDF). Retrieved November 29, 2021.