Willowbrook/Rosa Parks
A Line  C Line 
Green line platform at Willowbrook (Los Angeles Metro station).JPG
Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station upper platform for the C Line
General information
Location11611 Willowbrook Avenue
11651 Wilmington Avenue
Willowbrook, California
Coordinates33°55′42″N 118°14′17″W / 33.9282°N 118.2380°W / 33.9282; -118.2380Coordinates: 33°55′42″N 118°14′17″W / 33.9282°N 118.2380°W / 33.9282; -118.2380
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks4
ConnectionsSee connections section
Construction
Parking234 spaces[2]
Bicycle facilitiesMetro Bike Hub, racks and lockers[1]
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedJuly 14, 1990 (1990-07-14) (A Line)
August 12, 1995 (1995-08-12) (C Line)
RebuiltAugust 9, 2021[3]
Previous namesImperial (1990–1995)
Imperial/Wilmington Ave (1995–2011)
Services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Compton A Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers
Avalon C Line Long Beach Boulevard
toward Norwalk
Former services (Abila)
Preceding station PE Bolt.svg Pacific Electric Following station
Springdale
towards Morgan Avenue
Long Beach Watts
Springdale
towards Balboa
Balboa
Springdale
towards San Pedro
San Pedro via Dominguez
Location

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station (formerly Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks station) is a major transport hub and Los Angeles Metro Rail station that serves the A Line and C Line. The station, located at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue in the Willowbrook community of Los Angeles County, is a major transfer point for commuters.[4][5]

As a major transfer station, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station also acts as a major bus hub, serving many bus routes operated by Metro and other regional/municipal transit agencies. The station also has park and ride facilities, including 975 parking spaces and 4 bike lockers. To the east of the station is the Metro Rail Operations Center, which is the dispatch hub for all Metro Rail train operators.

The station is located in unincorporated Willowbrook, near the Los Angeles community of Watts in the South Los Angeles region. It is directly across the street from the Imperial Courts Housing Project, which is located within the City of Los Angeles. The C Line platform for this station is located in the middle of the I-105 Freeway.

The station's official name memorializes Rosa Parks, an important African-American civil rights activist. From the Blue (A) Line's opening on July 14, 1990 until the Green Line opened on August 12, 1995 the Blue Line station platform was known as Imperial station while the Green Line station platform was planned to be called Wilmington station.

History

A $10.25 million grant from the United States Department of Transportation in 2014 was used to partially fund $53 million in major upgrades to the station, including improved lighting, new paintings, new central plaza and extended platforms.[6]

The Blue Line portion of the station was closed from January 26 to November 2, 2019 for a major renovation project as part of the New Blue Improvements Project.[7]

Service

Station layout

A Line platform as seen from mezzanine prior to renovation
A Line platform as seen from mezzanine prior to renovation

The A Line platform is on the street level, and the C Line platform is on the upper (freeway) level. The two levels are connected by stairs/escalators/elevators via a mezzanine. Ticket machines are located on street level and on the mezzanine.

Upper level Westbound  C Line toward Redondo Beach (Avalon)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound  C Line toward Norwalk (Long Beach Boulevard)
Mezzanine To Entrance/Exit, C Line faregates, ticket machines
Street level Entrance/Exit, C Line faregates, ticket machines, bus plaza, park and ride
Northbound  A Line toward 7th Street/Metro Center (103rd Street/Watts Towers)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound  A Line toward Downtown Long Beach (Compton)

A spur track connects the northbound A Line just south of the station to a pocket track on the C Line, allowing trains to transfer between the two lines when necessary, usually to allow C Line trains to access the A Line maintenance yard. This track is not used for revenue service.

Hours and frequency

A Line trains run every day between approximately 4:00 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 15/20-minute headway early Saturday and Sunday mornings). Night service is every 20 minutes.[8]

C Line service hours are approximately from 4:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. daily. Trains operate every ten minutes during peak hours Monday through Friday, every 15 minutes during the daytime on weekdays and all day on the weekends. Night service is every 20 minutes.[9]

Connections

As of February 20, 2022, the following connections are available:[10]

Notable places nearby

The station is within walking distance of the following notable places:

References

  1. ^ "Secure Bike Parking on Metro" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Metro Parking Lots by Line". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Ubaldo, Jose (2021-08-09). "Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station improvement project is now officially completed!". Metro The Source. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  4. ^ "Blue Line station information" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Green Line station information" (PDF).
  6. ^ Nelson, Laura J. (September 13, 2014). "Federal grant will fund improvements to Willowbrook Metro station". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Blue Line Improvements Project Fact Sheet" (PDF). Metro. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Metro A Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 12, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  9. ^ "Metro C Line schedule". June 27, 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  10. ^ "A Line Timetable - Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved March 3, 2022.