Westwood/Rancho Park
E Line 
Westwood Rancho Park Station Platform.jpg
The platform at Westwood/Rancho Park looking eastbound
General information
Location2594 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°02′12″N 118°25′33″W / 34.0368°N 118.4258°W / 34.0368; -118.4258Coordinates: 34°02′12″N 118°25′33″W / 34.0368°N 118.4258°W / 34.0368; -118.4258
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Share station,[1] racks and lockers[2]
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 146 years ago (1875-10-17)
RebuiltMay 20, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-05-20)
Previous namesTalamantes
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Expo/Sepulveda E Line Palms
Former services
Preceding station PE Bolt.svg Pacific Electric Following station
Home Junction
towards Rustic Canyon
Air Line Palms
Location

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.[3]

Although opponents filed a lawsuit to halt construction, they were ultimately unsuccessful in their efforts (see Opposition section, below).

Service

Station layout

Westbound E Line E Line toward Downtown Santa Monica (Expo/Sepulveda)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound E Line 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.[4] 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.

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]

Connections

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[6]

Opposition

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.[7] 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,[8] as did several groups supporting the current design.[9][10][11]

On March 5, 2010, NFSR filed a lawsuit to halt construction of Expo Phase 2.[12] This lawsuit was dismissed by the Superior Court of the State of California on February 22, 2011.[13]

Attractions

The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway, a linear park built on unused right-of-way and planted with native species, is located next to this station.[14]

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. ^ ".:: Expo Line::". Archived from the original on 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-03-31.((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. February 20, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  7. ^ "St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyer for Railroad Workers". May 4, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Steve Hymon (March 12, 2010). "Expo Line Construction Authority responds to lawsuit |". Thesource.metro.net. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Trail of Light Media – Emanating Information to All". Trail of Light Media. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Expo Line – Friends 4 Expo Transit Home Page". Friends4expo.org. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Neighbors for Smarter Rail". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  12. ^ "Neighbors Lawsuit Could Derail Expo | Santa Monica Mirror". Smmirror.com. March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Court dismisses Expo Line lawsuit |". Thesource.metro.net. February 23, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  14. ^ jonlaweiss. "Home Page". Westwood Greenway. Retrieved 2022-07-10.