The day is nearly here: construction is set to begin for a new development, The Ivy, that will occupy the parking lot adjacent to the Expo Line’s Culver City Station. That means the parking lot will be closed starting Tuesday, Feb. 14, resulting in the loss of 585 spaces.
We know this will be an inconvenience for some riders. On most weekdays, the Culver City lot usually fills in the morning with folks taking the train either to downtown Los Angeles or Santa Monica. If it’s any consolation, there will be alternative parking options both in Culver City and along the Expo Line. The info is below.
The Ivy will include retail, office, apartments, a hotel, a park — and, yes, Expo Line parking. The renderings are very nice and we think it certainly makes sense to put new development next to rail lines.
Below are answers to some questions you may have:
With the Culver City lot closed, where else can I park and take the Expo Line?
There are basically four alternative spots that together should be able to make up for the loss of the Culver City spaces.
•The Ince parking structure in Culver City (9099 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232) will have 235 parking spots available to Metro customers. It is about a half-mile walk to the Expo Line station. Cost: $3 with a valid TAP card.
•The nearby La Cienega/Jefferson Station (5664 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90016) usually has about 150 open spaces on most weekdays. There are entrances from both La Cienega and Jefferson. Cost: free until March 1, then $3 per day to park.
•The Expo/Sepulveda Station’s parking structure (11214-11270 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064) also has about 200 open spaces on most weekdays. The entrance is from Exposition Boulevard. Cost: $3 per day to park.
•The Expo/Bundy Station (Exposition & Bundy, Los Angeles, CA 90064) has about 150 spaces open on most weekdays. The parking spaces are along Exposition Boulevard on both sides of Bundy. Cost: $3 per day to park.
Below is a map of the entire Expo Line that shows where the stations are located relative to one another.
Are there bus options for Culver City Station?
Yes, there are! Buses that may work for you include:
- Metro Bus 33 and Rapid 733
- Big Blue Bus Route 17
- Commuter Express 437
- Culver City Bus Line 1 and Line 7
- Metro Bus 16/17/316
Will there ever be parking again at Culver City Station?
Yes. Three hundred of the Ivy project’s 1,500 parking spaces will be reserved for Metro riders. The project is expected to take at least two years to build.
Why is Metro now charging to park at the other Expo stations?
Earlier this year, Metro began implementing a paid parking pilot program at some of its busier transit stations that have parking. The idea is to use a small fee to manage supply and demand for the spaces and to ensure that some spaces are always available for transit riders.
As part of the program, fees were charged at the three new Expo Line stations when they opened in May. The second phase of the program — approved by the agency’s Board of Directors earlier this month — adds parking fees to the La Cienega/Jefferson Station, as well as three Gold Line stations and two Red Line stations.
The fee — and the fact that motorists who park need to have a TAP card — also helps prevent non-transit users from parking their cars for free or cheap at Metro stations.
Are there monthly parking permits available at the Expo stations?
Yes. There already are monthly permits at Expo/Sepulveda ($39 per month) and Expo/Bundy ($49 per month) stations and, soon, the La Cienega/Jefferson station ($59 per month with sales beginning Feb. 6). All permits can be purchased at LAMetroParking.net.
What will The Ivy look like?
Here are some renderings from the project’s website:
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