Wilshire/Rodeo
D Line 
Wilshire Rodeo station under construction in 2019.jpg
Wilshire/Rodeo station, under construction in 2019
General information
LocationWilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California
Coordinates34°4′01″N 118°23′54″W / 34.06694°N 118.39833°W / 34.06694; -118.39833Coordinates: 34°4′01″N 118°23′54″W / 34.06694°N 118.39833°W / 34.06694; -118.39833
Owned byMetro
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Statusunder construction
History
Opening2025; 3 years' time (2025)
Future services
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail Following station
Century City/Constellation
Terminus
D Line Wilshire/La Cienega
Location

Wilshire/Rodeo is a planned heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is currently under construction as part of the Purple Line Extension project, in Beverly Hills, California. Construction started in 2018 as part of phase 2 of the extension project. It is slated to open in early 2025.

The station is being built at the site of the former Ace Gallery on the Southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive in Beverly Hills.[1][2][3][4][5]


History

The former Ace Galley, demolished in 2018 to build the Wilshire Rodeo station
The former Ace Galley, demolished in 2018 to build the Wilshire Rodeo station

Construction of Wilshire/Rodeo station was officially kicked off on September 23, 2019.[6]

On March 31, 2020, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a proposal from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fully close the two blocks of Wilshire Boulevard needed to facilitate the station's construction, taking advantage of lower traffic levels resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in California.[7] This would allow for expedited construction of the station and better mitigation of construction impacts as opposed to the original plan, which would require alternating weekend closures for 13 weeks over a 3.5-month period, with completion scheduled for March 2021.[8] Fully closing Wilshire Boulevard, which went into effect the next day and lasted until June 2020, expedited construction of the station by as much as six months.[9]

Metro officially completed foundation and decking work for Wilshire/Rodeo station seven months ahead of schedule on June 14, 2020, with Tutor Perini, the project's general contractor, putting workers on extra shifts to further expedite construction.[10] Wilshire Boulevard reopened in both directions later that evening,[11] with construction and excavation activities continuing underground until that phase's scheduled completion in the first quarter of 2021.[12]





Station layout

Wilshire/Rodeo station was originally planned with a single entrance, located at the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive. However, as part of an agreement Metro negotiated with the City of Beverly Hills which was approved on February 28, 2019,[13] a second entrance is being planned on the northern side of Wilshire Boulevard, with three locations being considered.[14]

The station will be the only station in the Metro Rail system (aside from Union Station) to have public toilets, which would likely be built after the station opens, and may be built above-ground and/or integrated into a new development which would be built above the station.[15]

Attractions

The station is located in the Platinum Triangle neighborhood that includes the Rodeo Drive shopping district and its many hotels, including the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Beverly Hilton, and The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It also lies a few blocks south of the Beverly Gardens Park and its Electric Fountain, and Beverly Cañon Gardens Park. It is also located directly next to Reeves Park.

Various fine dining establishments are located in the neighborhood, including Spago, which is directly across the street.

The Academy Headquarters Building along with its Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the Paley Center for Media and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts are located nearby. The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style aligns Rodeo Drive.

References

  1. ^ Boxley, Brittany. "Plans Announced to Extend the Purple Line". Annenberg TV News. 13 Nov 2012.
  2. ^ Brightwell, Eric. "Exploring the Planned Course of the Metro Purple Line Extension". KCET. 28 Aug 2012.
  3. ^ Braymer, Noel T. "LA Busy Building over 35 Miles of New Rail Transit over the Next 10 Years." RailPAC. 8 Dec 2012.
  4. ^ "Update on construction progress for the Purple Line Extension". The Source. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  5. ^ "Purple Line Extension". www.metro.net. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  6. ^ Hymon, Steve (September 13, 2019). "Long-awaited Wilshire/Rodeo Station construction to begin in late September". The Source. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Kiszla, Cameron (April 1, 2020). "Beverly Hills authorizes Wilshire closure". Beverly Press. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Linton, Joe (March 30, 2020). "Beverly Hills and Metro Look to Speed Subway Construction During COVID-19 Traffic Lull". Streetsblog LA. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Linton, Joe (April 1, 2020). "Beverly Hills Approves Accelerating Subway Construction, Wilshire Boulevard to Close Tomorrow". Streetsblog LA. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Stay-at-home order helps Metro end Purple Line road closure in Beverly Hills ahead of schedule". KABC-TV. June 15, 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Sotero, Dave (June 15, 2020). "Metro completes decking for planned Beverly Hills subway station seven months ahead of schedule". The Source. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Stay up to date on subway project with webinar". Beverly Press. June 25, 2020. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Caulder, Kelcey (February 28, 2019). "COUNCIL APPROVES MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR WILSHIRE/RODEO METRO STATION" (PDF). Beverly Hills Weekly. p. 4. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Sharp, Steven (September 6, 2019). "Beverly Hills Plans for Second Entrance at Wilshire/Rodeo Station". Urbanize Los Angeles. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  15. ^ Broverman, Neal (March 15, 2019). "Beverly Hills Is Negotiating to Get a Bathroom at the Rodeo Drive Station". Los Angeles. Retrieved July 18, 2020.