Hollywood/Vine
B Line 
HSY- Los Angeles Metro, Hollywood-Vine, Platform.jpg
Hollywood/Vine station platform
General information
Location6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°06′06″N 118°19′37″W / 34.101667°N 118.326944°W / 34.101667; -118.326944Coordinates: 34°06′06″N 118°19′37″W / 34.101667°N 118.326944°W / 34.101667; -118.326944
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
ParkingPaid parking nearby
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Share station,[1] Metro Bike Hub,[2] and racks
History
OpenedJune 12, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-06-12)
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Hollywood/Highland B Line Hollywood/Western
Location

Hollywood/Vine station is an underground rapid transit (known locally as a subway) station on the B Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. It is located under below the iconic Hollywood and Vine intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, after which the station is named, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

The central station of the three subway stops in Hollywood, within walking distance of many important Hollywood landmarks including the Capitol Records Building, CBS Columbia Square, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood Palladium and Pantages Theatre. The station is also below the Hollywood Walk of Fame and close to the Gower Gulch.

History

Hollywood/Vine opened on June 12, 1999, as the western terminus of the northern branch of the Red Line. Upon the opening of the westward extension to North Hollywood in 2000, it lost its title as the end of the line.

Transit-oriented development

In accordance with Metro's initiatives to spur transit-oriented development around its stations, Hollywood/Vine has become a prime target for regeneration. The W Hotel opened a 300-room location in a 2.3-acre (0.93 ha) mixed-use site with condominiums and 30,000 sq ft (2,790 m2) of street retail space. In addition, the 1600 Vine complex to the south contains 375 apartments and 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) of street-level retail.[3]

Service

Station layout

Hollywood/Vine is a two-story station; the top level is a mezzanine with ticket machines while the bottom is the platform level. The station uses a simple island platform with two tracks.

G Street level Entrance/Exit
B1 Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, to Entrance/Exit
B2 Northbound  B Line toward North Hollywood (Hollywood/Highland)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound  B Line toward Union Station (Hollywood/Western)

Hours and frequency

B Line trains run every day between approximately 4:30 a.m. and midnight. 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 10 a.m. (with a 15-minute headway early Saturday and Sunday mornings). Night service is every 20 minutes.[4]

Connections

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[5]

Design

View from the mezzanine level
View from the mezzanine level

Respected Southern California based architect Adolfo E. Miralles, FAIA was selected to design this landmark station.[6] Each B Line station was assigned a professional artist to design original art. Local Los Angeles Chicano artist Gilbert Luján (aka Magu) was selected to create the artwork for this station. "Light" was one of the central themes of the station because of its pervasiveness in Hollywood, from stars to light that passes through projectors to show films to the sun in sunny southern California. Cultural motifs in the form of So Cal cultural icons are also prevalent throughout the myriad of ceramic tiles lining the walls of the corridors as passengers descend into the railway tunnel. Benches for waiting passengers were fashioned as classic car lowriders on pedestals.

The station has, perhaps, the most detail and decorations of any station in the entire Metro system. This station is among the most pleasant and "fun" stations and tourists may find this station the most enjoyable. Other features include two movie projectors donated by Paramount Pictures pointed towards a representation of a movie screen flanked by large curtains. The ceiling of the station is covered with empty film reels. Pillars that provide support for the station are designed to look like palm trees, and beneath the handrail of the stairs are musical notes for the famed song "Hooray for Hollywood." Passengers making their way to the street follow the "Yellow Brick Road" while passing many colored tiles that depict icons or represent southern California lifestyle.

Station head house (at right) and vicinity
Station head house (at right) and vicinity

References

  1. ^ "Station Map". Metro Bike Share. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Secure Bike Parking on Metro" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Metro's transit-oriented development program LACMTA Retrieved June 6, 2011
  4. ^ "Metro B Line schedule". Metro. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "B & D Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2.
  6. ^ https://www.lamag.com/askchris/ask-chris-waiting-subway-hollywood-vine-metro-station-noticed-ceiling-decorated-thousands-old-film-reels-come/. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)

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