|Other names||Vermont/Santa Monica/L.A. City College|
|Location||1015 North Vermont Avenue|
Los Angeles, California
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||Metro Bike Share station and racks|
|Architect||Ellerbe Becket & Robert Millar|
|Opened||June 12, 1999|
Vermont/Santa Monica (also known as Vermont/Santa Monica/L.A. City College) 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 Vermont Avenue at its intersection with Santa Monica Boulevard, after which the station is named, in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Vermont/Santa Monica has two entrances on Vermont Avenue, a north entrance and a south entrance. The north entrance faces Santa Monica Blvd. The south entrance, near Lockwood Avenue, is adjacent to Los Angeles City College and three blocks from Braille Institute.
Vermont/Santa Monica 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.
|Street||Street level||Exit/Entrance, Los Angeles City College|
|Mezzanine||North Mezzanine||Faregates, ticket machines, to Vermont/Santa Monica|
|South Mezzanine||Faregates, ticket machines, to Los Angeles City College (Vermont/Willow Brook)|
|Platform||Northbound||← B Line toward North Hollywood (Vermont/Sunset)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound||→ B Line toward Union Station (Vermont/Beverly) →|
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.
Vermont/Santa Monica, like many of the B Line stations, was designed by an artist/architect team. For this station, artist Robert Millar collaborated with the architectural firm Ellerbe Becket with Mehrdad Yazdani as lead designer. The centerpiece of their design is the large stainless steel “wing” canopy over the entrance at the corner of Vermont & Santa Monica, along with skylights that flood the 42-foot high space with light during the day, and become a brightly lit “stage” at night.
The team also worked with the nearby Braille Institute and LA City College to incorporate a variety of interesting textures into the design and Robert Millar layered thousands of subtly painted questions onto the concrete surfaces of the station.
The station team received a Progressive Architecture Award for the design.