Expo/Crenshaw
E Line  K Line 
Expo & Crenshaw Expo Line Station 2.JPG
Metro Expo Line heading westbound to Culver City station leaves Expo/Crenshaw station.
General information
Location3428 Exposition Boulevard (E Line)
3630 South Crenshaw Boulevard (K Line)
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°01′21″N 118°20′06″W / 34.0225°N 118.3350°W / 34.0225; -118.3350Coordinates: 34°01′21″N 118°20′06″W / 34.0225°N 118.3350°W / 34.0225; -118.3350
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms (E Line)
1 island platform (K Line)
Tracks2 surface (E Line)
2 underground (K Line)
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade (E Line)
Underground (K Line)
Parking225 spaces (closed Sundays)
Bicycle facilitiesRacks
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 146 years ago (1875-10-17)
RebuiltApril 28, 2012; 10 years ago (2012-04-28) (E Line)
October 7, 2022; 5 days ago (2022-10-07) (K Line)
Previous names11th Ave
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Farmdale E Line Expo / Western
Terminus K Line Martin Luther King Jr.
Location

Expo/Crenshaw station is a light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at the intersection of Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The station is the transfer point between the E Line, which stops at two street-level platforms alongside Exposition Boulevard, and the K Line, which has its northern terminus at a single island platform under Crenshaw Boulevard.

History

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Originally little more than a stop marker on the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad and Pacific Electric interurban line, passenger service ended on September 30, 1953, with closure of the Santa Monica Air Line. It remained out of service and the station was eventually dismantled.

A new station in its place opened on Saturday, April 28, 2012, completely rebuilt for the service on the Expo Line. Regular scheduled service commenced Monday, April 30, 2012.

K Line

See also: K Line (Los Angeles Metro) and Crenshaw Northern Extension Rail Project

The station became a transfer station when the K Line service began in 2022. The Metro staff board ruled out an at-grade junction station between the K Line and E Line, stating that it was operationally not feasible. (Such a junction would result in three rail lines—the K, E, and the A Lines—sharing the single pair of tracks on Flower Street leading into 7th Street/Metro Center station, putting those tracks well above their capacity limit and causing delays.) Instead, a light rail subway station for the K Line was constructed under Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Obama Boulevard (formerly Rodeo Road) in order to allow for an extension of the K Line north through a D Line station and to the B Line's Hollywood/Highland station, where it will terminate via a route to be determined.[1][2]

Metro held a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony for the station on July 8, 2022, attended by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.[3] The station opened on October 7, 2022.[4]

Service

Station layout

The E Line platforms are located in the median strip of Exposition Boulevard on either side of its intersection with the busy Crenshaw Boulevard, a major L.A. thoroughfare. This intersection is a short walk to either Obama Boulevard[5] or Jefferson Blvd. The entrance to the K Line subway station is located at the southeast corner of Expo and Crenshaw.

The surface station has "near-side" platforms: this means that the platforms are positioned on opposite sides of the intersection, and trains always stop at the platform before crossing the intersection.

G Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 (Westbound)  E Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Farmdale)
Platform 1 (Eastbound)  E Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Expo/Western)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Entrance/Exit, ticket machines
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Entrance/Exit
B2 Southbound  K Line toward Westchester/Veterans (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound  K Line toward Westchester/Veterans (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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.[6]

K Line service hours are approximately from 4:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. daily. Trains operate every ten minutes during peak hours Monday through Friday, every 15 minutes during the daytime on weekdays and all day on the weekends. Night service is every 20 minutes.[7]

Connections

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[8]

Parking

The station does not have its own parking lot, but instead leases 225 stalls in a 500-stall parking structure owned by the West Angeles Church of God in Christ for use as a park and ride. As part of this arrangement, the garage is not open to Metro passengers on Sunday when the church holds services.[9]

Notable places nearby

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

Station artwork

The station incorporates artwork by several artists.[10]

The art panels on the E Line platforms were created by artist Willie Middlebrook; his untitled installation uses manipulated photographs to depict the diverse population in interaction with the earth and the environment. The colors used were inspired by the stained glass windows of the nearby West Angeles Church of God in Christ.[11]

The K Line station entrance artwork is Inside Out – Outside In – Inside Out by Erwin Redl, a series of glazed glass panels with colored squares. By day these panels appear to project colors onto nearby surfaces and at night they make the station entrance appear as an illuminated jewel box. Like the earlier E Line art panels, the colors selected were inspired by the stained glass windows of the West Angeles Cathedral. [12]

The mezzanine level features two mosaic murals called At the Same Time by artist Rebeca Méndez. One mural features vertical segments showing the progression of time over 24 hours in 15 minute increments, portraying stars, the moon, and cloudy skies. The other mural depicts a lofted bird wing, visible while descending the escalators to the platform to evoke a long-distance avian migration, with the wings also referencing the angels called upon during sermons at the West Angeles Cathedral.[13]

The K Line platform has collages entitled Layered Histories by Jaime Scholnick. To create the piece, the artist used 11,800 photographs of the surrounding neighborhood to depict a colorful and abstracted street scenes, creating a time capsule reflective of the spirit of the surrounding community.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project Final Feasibility Study – Wilshire/La Brea Transit Extension" (pdf). Metro (LACMTA). May 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Feasibility study looks at possible routes for Crenshaw Northern". The Source. July 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Garcia, Sid (July 8, 2022). "Pete Buttigieg takes first ride on Expo/Crenshaw K Line in South LA set to open in fall". ABC7 Los Angeles (KABC-TV). Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  4. ^ Uranga, Rachel (September 22, 2022). "After years of delays, the Crenshaw/LAX Line is finally set to open next month". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  5. ^ "LA City Council green lines south la street name change". nbclosangeles.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Metro E Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Metro K Line schedule". September 23, 2022. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  8. ^ "E Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  9. ^ "Approve License Amendment with West Angeles Chuch of God in Christ". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 17, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  10. ^ Broverman, Neal (January 22, 2018). "An Early Look at All the Artwork Coming to the Metro Crenshaw Line Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles (magazine). Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Yamamoto, Zipporah Lax (October 1, 2010). "Art for the Expo Line: Willie Middlebrook's Designs for Expo/Crenshaw Station". Metro The Source. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
  12. ^ "Inside Out – Outside In – Inside Out". Metro Art. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "At the Same Time". Metro Art. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "Layered Histories". Metro Art. Retrieved September 26, 2022.

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