E Line 
Farmdale station platform
General information
Location4420 West Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°01′26″N 118°20′46″W / 34.0240°N 118.3460°W / 34.0240; -118.3460Coordinates: 34°01′26″N 118°20′46″W / 34.0240°N 118.3460°W / 34.0240; -118.3460
Owned byMetro
Platforms2 nearside side platforms
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilitiesRacks
Disabled accessYes
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 146 years ago (1875-10-17)
ClosedSeptember 30, 1953
RebuiltJune 20, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-06-20)[1]
Previous namesCienega
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Expo/La Brea E Line Expo/Crenshaw
Former services
Preceding station PE Bolt.svg Pacific Electric Following station
towards Rustic Canyon
Air Line 11th Avenue

Farmdale station is an at-grade light rail station on the E Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. The station is located in the center median of Exposition Boulevard at its intersection with Farmdale Avenue, after which the station is named, in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.[2]


Originally a stop on the Los Angeles and Independence and Pacific Electric railroads, it closed on September 30, 1953, with closure of the Santa Monica Air Line and remained out of service until re-opening on Saturday, April 28, 2012. It was completely rebuilt for the opening of the Expo Line from little more than a station stop marker. Regular scheduled service resumed Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

In the Expo Phase 1 project's Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the Expo Authority recommended (and the Metro Board approved) an at-grade crossing at Farmdale Avenue. Some members of the community, as well as the LAUSD, objected to the at-grade crossing, citing safety concerns for students of Dorsey High School (which is adjacent to the crossing). On February 20, 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) denied the Expo Authority's request for an at-grade crossing. In response, on July 29, 2009, the Expo Authority proposed four alternatives to grade separation. One of these proposals, a station at Farmdale,[3] was reviewed by the assigned Administrative Law Judge of the CPUC. In her written decision dated March 22, 2010, the judge ruled that the Farmdale Station could be added to the project by including a CPUC-approved Addendum to the Final EIR, without having to redo the entire project's EIR. The final decision to authorize the grade crossing (and thus, construction of Farmdale Station) was made by the commission on July 29, 2010.[4] All trains operating on the Expo line would be required to come to a complete stop at the Farmdale station, which features near-side stations at the intersection of Farmdale Avenue, thus increasing safety for pedestrians and students in the area.


Station layout

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound  E Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Expo/La Brea)
Eastbound  E Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Expo/Crenshaw)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

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

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.[5]


As of December 19, 2021, the following connections are available:[6]

Notable places nearby

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


  1. ^ "Two more Expo Line stations to open June 20". Los Angeles Times. June 5, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "Exposition Park & USC Area Connections" (PDF). Metro. June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  3. ^ "CPUC Decision". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Metro E Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "E Line Timetable - Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 19, 2021. p. 2. Retrieved January 8, 2022.

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