|Location||2594 Westwood Boulevard|
Los Angeles, California
|Owned by||Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||Metro Bike Share station, racks and lockers|
|Opened||October 17, 1875|
|Rebuilt||May 20, 2016|
Westwood/Rancho Park station is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system located at the intersection of Westwood Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard in the Rancho Park neighborhood of West Los Angeles, California. It serves the E Line.
Although opponents filed a lawsuit to halt construction, they were ultimately unsuccessful in their efforts (see Opposition section, below).
|Westbound||← E Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Expo/Sepulveda)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||E Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (Palms) →|
Westwood/Rancho Park Station is located at Exposition Boulevard just east of Westwood Boulevard, between Westwood Boulevard and Overland Avenue. This station is located in Rancho Park, an affluent single-family neighborhood south of Westwood and southwest of Century City. The station location is a short walk from the Westside Pavilion shopping mall.
The final environmental impact report included 170 surface parking spaces at this station, with an option to remove all parking for transit users (20 parking spaces would be provided for local residents only). In March 2011, the Expo Board approved the no-parking option. Sepulveda station, less than one mile away, has a parking lot.
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.
As of February 20, 2022[update], the following connections are available:
In the Final EIR, Metro staff recommended routing the Expo Line along the Exposition Right-Of-Way through Rancho Park (which includes Westwood Station), at-grade. During the EIR process, a group of neighbors known as Neighbors For Smart Rail (NFSR) organized to oppose at-grade light rail through this ROW. The group claims that this design will be dangerous if built as specified, and that Metro failed to comply with environmental law. Metro publicly disputed these claims, as did several groups supporting the current design.
On March 5, 2010, NFSR filed a lawsuit to halt construction of Expo Phase 2. This lawsuit was dismissed by the Superior Court of the State of California on February 22, 2011.
The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway, a linear park built on unused right-of-way and planted with native species, is located next to this station.
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