The Westside Subway Extension on Monday released its Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report. The study is filled with many goodies, including these three renderings of what future station entrances might look like. It is important to note that these are the entrances recommended by Metro staff in the FEIS/R; the Metro Board of Directors will make the final decision.
It’s also worth noting that these images show the potential entrances without any future development. Given Westside real estate values, and Metro’s joint development policies, these areas are likely to be developed eventually.
Maps of the entrances recommended by Metro staff for the Extension’s seven stations, as well as the proposed construction staging areas for each station, are posted after the jump.
One Source reader asked this question: why only one entrance at most of the stations? Here’s the answer from subway planning staff:
The actual number of subway station entrances is determined based on ridership forecasts. Most Metro subway stations on the Red and Purple Lines have one entrance; however, a few in the Downtown area have two entrances. For the Westside Subway Extension we will provide two entrances at the Westwood/UCLA Station and one entrance at each of the other six stations. All stations are designed with “knock out panels” which allow for future additional entrances to be added when ridership warrants or when an opportunity arises with adjacent property developments to add an additional entrance and if additional financial resources can be found for this purpose.
The subway is being built in one of the more expensive real estate areas of Los Angeles and the station entrances will need to fit into existing built areas. The only station entrance where Metro owns property is at Wilshire/La Brea. At every other location, Metro will need to negotiate and purchase property or an easement for the station entrances or work with adjacent properties if they are willing to provide easements for these entrances. We will monitor ridership after the line opens for service and look for opportunities with adjacent property owners in the meantime to develop additional entrances where possible.
More coverage of the FEIS/R: