The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) completed the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station renovation, according to the company’s press release.
“The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station completes its renovation at a time when Metro is driving an equitable relentless recovery from the pandemic,” said LA county supervisor and Metro board chair and LA county board chair supervisor Hilda Solis. “Implementing the NextGen program and all its elements and now the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station, Metro supports its transit riders with a renovated, secure and reliable system to come back to transit.”
The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station connects customers from the A Line (Blue) and the C Line (Green), and several bus lines, including: Metro Bus lines 55, 120, 202 and 205; Metro Micro; GTrans 5; the LINK A and B Medical Campus Shuttle, and; the Lynwood Breeze D bus.
The renovation, designed by Stantec, cost $129-million with improvements that include an extended A Line platform, a new southern at-grade pedestrian crossing, an expanded transfer mezzanine between the A and C Line, electronic signs with real-time transit information, custom LED lighting and upgraded stairs and elevators.
There is also a new public plaza with the Rosa Parks Customer Center, a new Transit Security office and Transit Court, a full service Mobility Hub, new wayfinding and signage upgrades, a new pick-up and drop-off zone, nine new regional and local bus bays, a modernized park-and-ride lot with new electrical charging stations, and a pedestrian promenade connecting Wilmington Avenue to the station.
There are also two new site-specific artworks that honor the area’s history and offer an inviting transit experience for the Wilmington and South LA communities.
“Metro brings equity to this underserved community with improved Metro services such as the Rosa Parks Customer Center, Transit Court, and a Mobility Hub that will provide Willowbrook residents with access to all Metro services without traveling to downtown Los Angeles,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “Navigating this station has never been so convenient and easy. Everything is here to provide a seamless journey for our customers and to enhance the customer experience for residents of Willowbrook and surrounding areas.”
The station now provides Metro patrons access to local amenities such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus; the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and the adjacent Kenneth Hahn Plaza Shopping Center.
The station renovation was part of the New Blue Improvements Project State of Good Repair Program that included a $350-million overhaul of the entire A Line (Blue). The federal government provided a $10-million TIGER grant to help fund the project.
Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station is at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue and is located just under the 105 freeway.