Get to know your Crenshaw/LAX Line stations: Expo/Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Stations

Welcome to our new series “Get to Know Your Stations,” which will highlight construction progress of the eight new Crenshaw/LAX Line stations. This week we bring you the Expo/Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Stations! 

The future Expo/Crenshaw Station is the northernmost station of the project and will be located across the street from the existing Metro Expo Line station at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. This station is where you’ll be able to transfer to the Expo Line and connect to downtown Los Angeles and downtown Santa Monica.

The future Martin Luther King Jr. Station will connect riders to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza for food, retail and the Museum of African American Art, which is located within the mall. The Martin Luther King Jr. Station will also serve Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Medical Offices. 

Escalators have been installed at both stations, and construction of the stairways are nearly complete. Each station will have two sets of elevators: one set to connect the riders from the plaza to the mezzanine level, and a separate set of elevators past the fare gates to connect riders from the mezzanine level to the underground station platform.  

The stations and tunnels are nearing construction completion. Additional work includes the final stages of train power system installation and light fixtures. Both station plazas will have entrance canopies installed in the coming months.   

The Crenshaw/LAX Project is one of twelve transit projects funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. The project began construction in 2014 and anticipates completion in 2020.


8 replies

  1. There should be at least a tunnel or bridge to accommodate passengers transferring between two lines, similar to North Hollywood station and Universal City station.

  2. Nice to see some escalators at these stations unlike the long stair climb to the elevated Expo station platforms.

  3. The rider should never have to “surface” to go between the stations. There should be a direct connector that does not cross streets or anything like that.

  4. Really need to move the eastbound Expo platform to the East side of Crenshaw Bl to be adjacent to the Crenshaw line terminus. Failure to do so and require physically crossing Crenshaw Bl to get on eastbound Expo to DTLA is a dismal planning failure.
    I’m hopeful this may be the plan but cannot find anything to make me believe that is the case.