Exposition Line Rail Transit System, Phase 2 Stations

Los Angeles, CA

Client:                    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro)

Cost:                       $1.5 Billion

Services/Scope:    Transit Station Design

The 6.6-mile L.A. Metro Exposition Transit Corridor, Phase 2 (Expo II) line, which extends from the Expo Phase 1 terminus at the Venice/Robertson Station westward, will link Santa Monica by rail to Downtown LA, Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, the South Bay, and Long Beach. RAW International is the architect for four of Expo II’s new stations: National/Palms, Exposition/Westwood, Exposition/Sepulveda, and Exposition/Bundy.  Each station has presented a unique set of challenging conditions, which RAW is resolving while meeting Metro’s program, functional criteria, and budget; fulfilling NFPA 130 emergency egress requirements; and improving the client’s existing design standards.

RAW is working closely with Metro to develop alternative concept designs that enhance the passenger experience while reconciling multiple jurisdictional codes and regulations with community and aesthetic desires. The National/Palms station site is bound on three sides by two streets and a retaining wall and bridge, challenging RAW to fit two tracks, plaza queuing requirements, and amenities within the tight conditions. The solution: a hybrid elevated design that situates half of the structure on grade and the other half on the bridge, and alters portions of the retaining wall to make the program fit while adhering to clearance requirements. 

RAW is designing the Exposition/Sepulveda and Exposition/Bundy stations as aerial stations situated on new bridges, with future escalators that adhere to the parameters set by the Expo I design. The Exposition/Westwood station is an at-grade station located in a flood zone. RAW is coordinating extensively with the engineering team to elevate the communication and signals building and station elements above the flood level.