Wilshire/La Cienega
D Line 
General information
Location8485 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California
Coordinates34°3′55″N 118°22′33″W / 34.06528°N 118.37583°W / 34.06528; -118.37583Coordinates: 34°3′55″N 118°22′33″W / 34.06528°N 118.37583°W / 34.06528; -118.37583
Owned byMetro
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Statusunder construction
History
Opening2024; 2 years' time (2024)
Future services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Terminus D Line Wilshire/Fairfax
Wilshire/Rodeo D Line
Location

Wilshire/La Cienega is a heavy-rail subway station in Beverly Hills, California (currently under construction). This D Line station is part of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system.[1] It's in the design/construction phase of the Purple Line Extension project. Deep tunneling is proceeding westward beneath Wilshire Boulevard from the Fairfax construction site toward the La Cienega station site.[2] Originally the project was slated for completion in 2023. The station's opening is scheduled for 2024.[3][4][5][6]

Station Layout

Located at the NE-corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, the new, one-story subway station will provide access to the trains below via escalators, elevators, and stairs. Underground, the station will include an upper level 'concourse' for ticketing, and at the level of the tracks a passenger platform for boarding and egress.[7][8]

On the site formerly was a Citibank, demolished circa 2016 to provide a 'temporary' staging yard. Another staging yard is at the NW-corner of Wilshire and Gale Drive, where Luther Burbank Savings had been located.</ref>

Attractions

Adjoining the new NE-corner station will be the following.

From the site of the new station going south on La Cienega Boulevard a block and a half is the Douglas Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study and the Margaret Herrick Library. Across La Cienega to the east is the triangular La Cienega Park. On Wilshire Boulevard two commercial theaters are short walks away: for stage shows to the east the Saban Theatre; for film to the west the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre by Laemmle. Restaurant Row stretches north along La Cienega.[18][19]

The D Line, formerly the Purple Line[20]

The D Line's eastern terminus is located at Union Station, NE-adjacent to downtown Los Angeles. Its western terminus was originally planned for Wilshire Boulevard near Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.[21] Hence, the D Line (then the Purple Line) was sometimes called the "Subway to the Sea".[22] Yet its western terminus is currently indicated on the Metro website as "Westwood/VA Hospital".[23]

D Line stations going west (to be completed circa 2025) will be Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City, and (circa 2027) Westwood/UCLA, Westwood/VA. Going east the new stations (circa 2023) will be the Wilshire/Fairfax, and Wilshire/La Brea.[24]

Notes

  1. ^ Elijah Chiland (2020).
  2. ^ Joe Linton (2020).
  3. ^ Brittany Boxley (2012).
  4. ^ Noel T. Braymer (2012).
  5. ^ Eric Brightwell (2012).
  6. ^ Elijah Chiland (2020): to open in 2023.
  7. ^ Wilshire/La Cienega Station.
  8. ^ Thomas Curwen (2017).
  9. ^ Cf., Eric Brightwell (2012).
  10. ^ Turkish Consulate.
  11. ^ Barry Stavro (1997).
  12. ^ Krikorian and Haines (2003).
  13. ^ David Ellis (2008).
  14. ^ Eric Hayden (2013).
  15. ^ Henry Kamm (1984).
  16. ^ Gary Wayne (2018).
  17. ^ Brazilian Consulate.
  18. ^ Eric Brightwell (2012).
  19. ^ Wilshire/La Cienega Station.
  20. ^ Elijah Chiland (2020).
  21. ^ Cf., former map at Los Angeles Metro Rail.
  22. ^ Informally, the Westside subway.
  23. ^ Purple Line Extension [revised].
  24. ^ Wilshire bus connection: Metro Rapid 720.

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