Guide to the Metro Expo Line

Photo by Daniel Djang

The Metro Expo Line has opened to the public, offering direct and convenient service between Downtown LA and the Westside. Discover Downtown nightlife, Exposition Park's cultural attractions, historic Leimert Park, Culver City’s delicious dining scene, and much more when you ride the Expo Line to your next weekend or evening adventure. Best of all, the Expo Line is part of the greater Metro Rail system, joining the Westside with Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach and dozens of points in between.

 

7th St. / Metro Center

This station is located in Downtown LA’s Financial District, at the corner of 7th Street and Flower Street. The station’s official name is 7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon, commemorating the late Congressman’s role in obtaining federal funding that enabled construction of the Metro Rail system. Besides the Expo Line, the station is served by the light rail Blue Line, the heavy rail Red Line and Purple Line, as well as numerous bus routes. Numerous food and drink options are within walking distance, such as Bar | Kitchen, Seven Grand, Mas Malo, Bottega Louie and Drago Centro. Nearby accommodations include the O Hotel, The Standard, the Westin Bonaventure and the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Pico

Known formally as the Pico/Chick Hearn Station (in honor of the legendary Lakers play-by-play announcer), Pico serves the South Park neighborhood to the east, and the Figueroa/Convention district to the west. The Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center are a short walk away. The JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles are also nearby. Besides the numerous food and drink options at L.A. LIVE, Rivera, The Palm and Corkbar are all within walking distance of the Pico Station.

23rd Street

This station is located on the east side of Flower Street, adjacent to the 110 Freeway, just south of 23rd Street. This station serves the North University Park neighborhood to the south of Downtown LA. It’s within walking distance of two colleges - L.A. Trade Tech College and Mount St. Mary's College - as well as Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital and St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. The station's art was created by artist Christofer C. Dierdorff. Entitled The Intimacy of Place, the installation features photographs of the fronts and backs of heads, creating a “sea of faces” that depicts a broad cultural mix of individuals who define life in and around the 23rd Street Station.

Jefferson / USC

Located at the lower end of the Figueroa Corridor, along the east side of Flower Street, adjacent to the 110 Freeway, just north of Jefferson Boulevard. The entrance is on the north side of Jefferson/Flower. The station serves the northeast corner of the University of Southern California (USC), as well as the Galen Center sports complex. The historic Shrine Auditorium is two blocks west of the station. Samuel Rodriguez’s Urban Dualities creates "a visual narrative that includes fragments of building facades, vintage rail cars, realistically rendered human figures, and fictional characters."

Expo Park / USC

This station is located on Exposition Boulevard at Trousdale Parkway, with the USC main campus to the north and Exposition Park to the south. The 17-acre Exposition Park is the site of several famous cultural attractions and venues, including:

  • California African-American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • Exposition Park Rose Garden
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena
  • Natural History Museum

Expo / Vermont

This station has "far-side" platforms in the median of Exposition Boulevard, on both sides of Vermont Avenue, in the West Adams district. Nearby destinations include USC (northeast corner), Exposition Park (southeast corner) and the Masjid Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque (northwest corner). Jessica Polzin McCoy’s installation is entitled Neighborhood Portrait: Reconstructed, featuring artwork that takes the viewer inside West Adams homes.

Expo / Western

Located in the West Adams district, the Expo/Western Station is near the Foshay Learning Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. For this station, artist Ronald J. Llanos (a self-proclaimed ‘visual journalist’ and ‘urban realist’) has created Ephemeral Views: A Visual Essay, a narrative of Los Angeles street life that spans the two station platforms “like the open pages of a book.”

Expo / Crenshaw

This station is located at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard. Nearby destinations include the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Popular eateries such as Harold & Belle’s, Earlez Grill and Kobbler King are within walking distance. Leimert Park and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza are accessible via transit connections. Artist Willie Robert Middlebrook, Jr. draws from a large collection of manipulated photographs to illustrate universal connections, with Planet Earth as the unifying element in each panel at the station.

Farmdale

This station is located at the intersection of Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, between the neighborhoods of Baldwin Village and Jefferson Park. The station is adjacent to Dorsey High School and is walking distance to the Rancho Cienega Sports Center.

Expo / La Brea

This station is located next to the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, within walking distance to the Rancho Cienega Sports Center. Other nearby destinations include the Baldwin Hills Center, Library and Playground, and Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church. For this station, artist Jose Lozano has created LA Metro Lotería, depicting “scenes, people, objects and situations having to do with the Metro riding experience” in the form of a Lotería card game.

La Cienega / Jefferson

This station includes a Park and Ride facility and is located at the intersection of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevard. Syd Kronenthal Park and the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center are within walking distance, while the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area is to the south. The Ballona Creek Bike Path starts at Syd Kronenthal Park and extends seven miles to the Coast Bike Path. Several galleries in the Culver City Arts District are near this station. Speaking of art, Engraved in Memory by Daniel Gonzalez tells “the history of the peopling of Culver City, the transformation of space into place,” while Ballona Creek flows through each panel at the station, “constant and recognizable, visually linking the images across time.”

Culver City

This station is located on Exposition Boulevard in the northeast corner of Downtown Culver City. Walk east from the station to the historic Helms Bakery, where you’ll find a unique collection of design and furniture retailers, the acclaimed Father’s Office gastropub, and Lukshon, a modern take on Southeast Asian cuisine. Nearby attractions include Surfas Gourmet Restaurant Supply, the quirky Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Actor’s Gang Theater. Head west to downtown Culver City and dine at favorites such as Ford’s Filling Station and Akasha, or have a cold one at the lively Rush Street. Sony Pictures Studios and the Kirk Douglas Theatre are also located here.