Getting around Los Angeles by Rail/Metro Rail/Stations

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A Metro Rail system map.
The Metro Rail system map (click to enlarge).

Metro Rail includes 70 stations. Nine of them are termini, three are transfer stations, and six are shared by the Red and Purple Lines, also known as a concurrency.

Station Basics[edit]

A Gold Line train makes a stop at Los Angeles Union Station.

A station is a stop that a train stops at. For example, Gold Line trains will stop at Los Angeles Union Station. The doors will open at Los Angeles Union Station for passengers to exit and enter, then the train will continue on its way.

Terminus[edit]

A terminus is the final stop on a line. For the Gold Line, the north terminus is Sierra Madre Villa. This means that the final station that Gold Line trains stop at is Sierra Madre Villa. At that point, the trains either go out of service or start in the other direction. Following is a list of termini.

North/West Terminus South/East Terminus
Blue Line 7th Street/Metro Center Long Beach Loop (see below)
Gold Line Sierra Madre Villa Atlantic
Green Line Redondo Beach Norwalk
Red Line Los Angeles Union Station North Hollywood
Purple Line Los Angeles Union Station Wilshire/Western

Note: The Metro Blue Line (see map above) starts at 7th Street/Metro Center, continues south, and loops around Long Beach before returning north to 7th Street/Metro Center. A Blue Line train would stop at Anaheim, 5th Street, 1st Street, Long Beach Transit Mall (which Metro officially recognizes as the terminus), and Pacific, then go back to Anaheim in a northerly direction.

Transfer Station[edit]

Main Article: Metro Rail Transfer Stations

A transfer station is a station that two or more lines pass through. These stations allow passengers to transfer between rail lines at no additional charge.

Transfer Station Line 1 Line 2 Line 3
7th Street/Metro Center Red Purple Blue
Imperial/Wilmington Green Blue
Los Angeles Union Station Red Purple Gold

Concurrency[edit]

Main Article: Concurrency

A concurrency occurs when two or more lines share the same track. The Red and Purple Lines share track between their termini, Los Angeles Union Station, and Wilshire/Vermont. This means that passengers bound for North Hollywood or Wilshire/Western board on the same platform at concurrency stations, and passengers bound for Los Angeles Union Station board on the same platform as well. Technically, since the concurrency extends all the way to Los Angeles Union Station, the termini for both lines, it doesn't matter which line train one takes if he/she is bound for Los Angeles Union Station.

Station List[edit]

Font Style Station Type
Bold Transfer
Italic Terminus
Underline Concurrency
Station Line Notes Grade
103rd Street Blue Also known as Kenneth Hahn At-grade
1st Street Blue Part of Long Beach loop At-grade
5th Street Blue Part of Long Beach loop At-grade
7th Street/Metro Center Blue, Red, Purple Blue Line terminus, Red/Purple Line concurrency Below-grade
Allen Gold Above-grade
Anaheim Blue At-grade
Artesia Blue At-grade
Atlantic Gold South terminus At-grade
Avalon Green Above-grade
Aviation/LAX Green Free shuttle connection to LAX Above-grade
Chinatown Gold Above-grade
Civic Center Red, Purple Not to be confused with East LA Civic Center (Gold Line) Below-grade
Compton Blue At-grade
Crenshaw Green Above-grade
Del Amo Blue Above-grade
Del Mar Gold At-grade
Douglas Green Above-grade
East L.A. Civic Center Gold Not to be confused by Civic Center (Red/Purple) At-grade
El Segundo Green Above-grade
Fillmore Gold At-grade
Firestone Blue Above-grade
Florence Blue At-grade
Grand Blue At-grade
Harbor Freeway Green Located at the junction of I-105 and I-110 Above-grade
Hawthorne Green Above-grade
Heritage Square Gold At-grade
Highland Park Gold At-grade
Hollywood/Highland Red Below-grade
Hollywood/Vine Red Below-grade
Hollywood/Western Red Below-grade
Imperial/Wilmington Green, Blue Above-grade/at-grade
Indiana Gold At-grade
Lake Gold Above-grade
Lakewood Green Above-grade
Lincoln/Cypress Gold Above-grade
Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold At-grade
Long Beach Green Not to be confused with Long Beach Transit Mall (Blue) Above-grade
Long Beach Transit Mall Blue Part of Long Beach loop; not be confused with Long Beach (Green) At-grade
Maravilla Gold At-grade
Mariachi Plaza Gold Below-grade
Mariposa Green Above-grade
Memorial Park Gold Below-grade
Mission Gold At-grade
North Hollywood Red Northern terminus Below-grade
Norwalk Green Eastern terminus Above-grade
Pacific Blue Part of Long Beach loop At-grade
Pacific Coast Highway Blue At-grade
Pershing Square Red, Purple Below-grade
Pico Blue At-grade
Pico/Aliso Gold At-grade
Redondo Beach Green Western terminus Above-grade
San Pedro Blue At-grade
Sierra Madre Villa Gold Northern terminus Above-grade
Slauson Blue Above-grade
Soto Gold Below-grade
Southwest Museum Gold At-grade
Union Station Red, Purple, Gold Red/Purple lines concurrency and terminus Below-grade/at-grade
Universal City Red Below-grade
Vermont Green Above-grade
Vermont/Beverly Red Below-grade
Vermont/Santa Monica Red Below-grade
Vermont/Sunset Red Below-grade
Vernon Blue At-grade
Wardlow Blue At-grade
Washington Blue At-grade
Westlake/MacArthur Park Red, Purple Below-grade
Willow Blue At-grade
Wilshire/Normandie Purple Below-grade
Wilshire/Vermont Red, Purple Red/Purple concurrency terminus Below-grade
Wilshire/Western Purple Western terminus Below-grade

Station Particulars[edit]

This list includes the station's address, the number of stops/transfers away the station is from 7th Street/Metro Center, whether the station has parking or not (and whether it is free or not) and the preceding and following stations. (Note: The preceding station is the station directly north or west of the station. For instance, 7th Street/Metro Center's preceding station is Westlake/MacArthur Park, and Imperial/Wilmington's following station is Compton.)

Font Style Station Type
Bold Transfer
Italic Terminus
Underline Concurrency
Station Line Address No. of stops away from 7th St/Metro Ctr Preceding Station Following Station Parking
103rd Street Blue 10100 Grandee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002 9 Firestone Imperial/Wilmington 62 free
1st Street Blue 108 N Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 20 Long Beach Transit Mall 5th Street Paid (independent)
5th Street Blue 598 N Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 21 1st Street Anaheim
7th St/Metro Center Blue, Red, Purple 660 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 0 Red/Purple: Westlake/MacArthur Park, Blue: (terminus) Red/Purple: Pershing Square, Blue: Pico
Allen Gold 395 N Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 14 Sierra Madre Villa Lake
Anaheim Blue 1290 N Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90813 17 Pacific Coast Highway 1st Street
Artesia Blue 1920 ½ Acacia Ave, Compton, CA 90220 12 Compton Del Amo 292 free, 76 paid
Atlantic Gold 5150 E Pomona Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022 11 East LA Civic Center (terminus) 413 free
Avalon Green 11667 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067 11 Harbor Freeway Imperial/Wilmington 158 free
Aviation/LAX Green 11500 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 17 Mariposa Hawthorne 405 free
Chinatown Gold 901 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 4 Lincoln/Cypress LA Union Station
Civic Center Red, Purple 101 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 2 Pershing Square LA Union Station Paid (independent)
Compton Blue 275 Willowbrook Ave, Compton, CA 90220 11 Imperial/Wilmington Artesia
Crenshaw Green 11901 S Crenshaw Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90303 14 Hawthorne Vermont 513 free
Del Amo Blue 20220 Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90220 13 Artesia Wardlow 351 free, 15 paid
Del Mar Gold 230 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 11 Memorial Park Fillmore 290 paid
Douglas Green 700 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA 90245 19 Redondo Beach El Segundo 30 free
East LA Civic Center Gold 4780 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90022 10 Maravilla Atlantic
El Segundo Green 2226 E El Segundo Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245 18 Douglas Mariposa 90 free
Fillmore Gold 95 Fillmore St, Pasadena, CA 91105 10 Del Mar Mission 131 free
Firestone Blue 8615 Graham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002 8 Florence 103rd Street
Florence Blue 7225 Graham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002 7 Slauson Firestone 103 free, 12 paid
Grand Blue 331 ½ W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 2 Pico San Pedro
Harbor Freeway Green 11500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90048 12 Vermont Avalon 253 free
Hawthorne Green 11230 S Acacia St, Inglewood, CA 90304 15 Aviation/LAX Crenshaw 623 free
Heritage Square Gold 3545 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031 6 Southwest Museum Highland Park 129 free
Highland Park Gold 151 N Ave 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042 8 Mission Southwest Museum
Hollywood/Highland Red Hollywood Blvd/Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028 8 Universal City Hollywood/Vine Paid (independent)
Hollywood/Vine Red 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038 7 Hollywood/Highland Hollywood/Western Paid (independent)
Hollywood/Western Red 5450 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 6 Hollywood/Vine Vermont/Sunset
Imperial/Wilmington Blue 11611 Willowbrook Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059 10 Blue: 103rd Street, Green: Avalon Blue: Compton, Green: Long Beach 975 free
Indiana Gold 210 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA 90063 8 Soto Maravilla 43 free
Lake Gold 340 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 13 Allen Memorial Park 100 paid
Lakewood Green 12801 Lakewood Ave, Downey, CA 90241 12 Norwalk Long Beach
Lincoln/Cypress Gold 370 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031 5 Heritage Square Chinatown 89 free
Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold 200 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 4 LA Union Station Pico/Aliso
Long Beach Green 11508 Long Beach Blvd, Lynwood, CA 90262 11 Imperial/Wilmington Lakewood 650 free
Long Beach Transit Mall Blue 128 W 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802 19 1st Street Pacific Paid (independent)
Maravilla Gold 4520 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90022 9 Indiana East LA Civic Center
Mariachi Plaza Gold 1831 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 6 Pico/Aliso Soto
Mariposa Green 555 N Nash St, El Segundo, CA 90245 17 El Segundo Aviation/LAX
Memorial Park Gold 125 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103 12 Lake Del Mar
Mission Gold 905 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 9 Fillmore Highland Park 118 paid
North Hollywood Red Lankershim Blvd/Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 10 (terminus) Universal City 803 free, 298 paid
Norwalk Green 12901 Hoxie Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650 13 Lakewood (terminus) 2050 free
Pacific Blue 498 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 18 Long Beach Transit Mall Anaheim Paid (independent)
Pacific Coast Highway Blue 1798 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90813 16 Willow Anaheim
Pershing Square Red, Purple 500 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 1 7th Street/Metro Center Civic Center Paid (independent)
Pico Blue 1236 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 1 7th Street/Metro Center Grand
Pico/Aliso Gold 1311 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 5 Little Tokyo/Arts District Mariachi Plaza
Redondo Beach Green 2406 Marine Ave/5301 Marine Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 20 (terminus) Douglas 403 free
San Pedro Blue 767 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021 3 Grand Washington
Sierra Madre Villa Gold 149 N Halstead, Pasadena, CA 91107 15 (terminus) Allen 950 free, 60 paid
Slauson Blue 5585 Randolph St, Los Angeles, CA 90032 6 Vernon Florence
Soto Gold 2330 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 7 Mariachi Plaza Indiana
Southwest Museum Gold 4600 Marmion Way, Los Angeles, CA 90065 7 Highland Park Heritage Square
Union Station Red, Gold, Purple 801 N Vignes St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 3 Red/Purple: Civic Center, Gold: Chinatown Red/Purple: (terminus), Gold: Little Tokyo/Arts District Paid (independent)
Universal City Red Lankershim Blvd/Universal Terrace Pkwy, North Hollywood, CA 91608 9 North Hollywood Hollywood/Highland 779 free, 125 paid
Vermont Green 11603 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 13 Crenshaw Harbor Freeway 155 free
Vermont/Beverly Red 301 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004 3 Vermont/Santa Monica Wilshire/Vermont
Vermont/Santa Monica Red 1015 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 4 Vermont/Sunset Vermont/Beverly
Vermont/Sunset Red 1500 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 5 Hollywood/Western Vermont/Santa Monica
Vernon Blue 4421 Long Beach Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 5 Washington Slauson
Wardlow Blue 3420 N Pacific Pl, Long Beach, CA 90802 14 Del Amo Willow 82 free, 10 paid
Washington Blue 1945 Long Beach Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 4 San Pedro Vernon
Westlake/MacArthur Park Red, Purple 660 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057 1 Wilshire/Vermont 7th Street/Metro Center]]
Willow Blue 2750 American Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806 15 Wardlow Pacific Coast Highway 879 free, 20 paid
Wilshire/Normandie Purple 3510 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005 3 Wilshire/Western Wilshire/Vermont
Wilshire/Vermont Red, Purple 3191 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005 2 Red: Vermont/Beverly, Purple: Wilshire/Normandie Westlake/MacArthur Park Paid (independent)
Wilshire/Western Purple 3775 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005 4 (terminus) Wilshire/Normandie