Vermont/Santa Monica
B Line 
Vermont-Santa Monica platform 2016.jpg
Vermont/Santa Monica station platform
General information
Other namesVermont/Santa Monica/L.A. City College
Location1015 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°05′25″N 118°17′31″W / 34.0903°N 118.2919°W / 34.0903; -118.2919Coordinates: 34°05′25″N 118°17′31″W / 34.0903°N 118.2919°W / 34.0903; -118.2919
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Share station[1] and racks
ArchitectEllerbe Becket & Robert Millar
History
OpenedJune 12, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-06-12)
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Vermont/Sunset B Line Vermont/Beverly
Location

Vermont/Santa Monica station (also known as Vermont/Santa Monica/L.A. City College 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 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 Boulevard. The south entrance, near Lockwood Avenue, is adjacent to Los Angeles City College and three blocks from the Braille Institute.

Service

Station layout

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)

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.[2]

Connections

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[3]

Station design

The entrance of the station with the sign pillar design of 2003–2014
The entrance of the station with the sign pillar design of 2003–2014

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.[4]

The station team received a Progressive Architecture Award for the design.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Station Map". Metro Bike Share. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Metro B Line schedule". Metro. September 12, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "B & D Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Untitled". Metro Art. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Progressive Architecture Awards: Metro Red Line Station" (PDF). Progressive Architecture. 73 (1): 68. January 1992.

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