Westwood/Rancho Park station Article

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Westwood/Rancho Park
Expo Line 
Westwood Rancho Park Station Platform.jpg
The platform at Westwood/Rancho Park looking eastbound
Location2594 Westwood Boulevard
Coordinates 34°02′12″N 118°25′33″W / 34.0368°N 118.4258°W / 34.0368; -118.4258
WESTWOOD RANCHO PARK STATION Latitude and Longitude:

34°02′12″N 118°25′33″W / 34.0368°N 118.4258°W / 34.0368; -118.4258
Owned byMetro
Platforms1 center platform
Tracks2
Construction
ParkingNone [1]
Bicycle facilitiesTBD
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedOctober 17, 1875; 143 years ago (October 17, 1875)
RebuiltMay 20, 2016; 2 years ago (May 20, 2016)
Previous names Talamantes
Services
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
Expo Line
  Former services  
Pacific Electric Pacific Electric
toward  Rustic Canyon
Air Line

Westwood/Rancho Park (formerly Talamantes) 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. It serves the Expo Line. [2]

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

Location and design

Platform Westbound Expo Line  Expo Line toward Downtown Santa Monica ( Expo/Sepulveda)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Expo Line  Expo 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. [3] 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.

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. [4] 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, [5] as did several groups supporting the current design. [6] [7] [8]

On 5 March 2010, NFSR filed a lawsuit to halt construction of Expo Phase 2. [9] This lawsuit was dismissed by the Superior Court of the State of California on February 22, 2011. [10]

Bus connections

References

  1. ^ Nelson, Laura J. (May 14, 2016). "The Expo Line is finally coming to the Westside, but limited parking raises concerns". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ http://backup.buildexpo.org/phase2_overview.php
  3. ^ http://backup.buildexpo.org/phase2/Phase%202%20FEIR%20Documents/02_ProjectAlternatives_FEIR.pdf
  4. ^ "St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyer for Railroad Workers". 4 May 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  5. ^ Steve Hymon (2010-03-12). "Expo Line Construction Authority responds to lawsuit |". Thesource.metro.net. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ "Trail of Light Media - Emanating Information to All". Trail of Light Media. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "The Expo Line - Friends 4 Expo Transit Home Page". Friends4expo.org. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  8. ^ http://smarterrail.org/
  9. ^ "Neighbors Lawsuit Could Derail Expo | Santa Monica Mirror". Smmirror.com. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  10. ^ "Court dismisses Expo Line lawsuit |". Thesource.metro.net. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2016-05-24.

External links

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