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Los Angeles

California, USA

Date of opening30 Jan 1993
Network length59.3 km (36.86 mi)
Lines3        Line history
Stations per line10.00
Avg. station distance2,196 m (1.37 mi)
Avg. line length19.77 km (12.29 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 22 May 2009
Red, Purple and Green lines
System typeMetro, known as Metro Rail
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)126,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)2,130 (1,320)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.91 EUR (as of 2009); honour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, third rail (Red, Purple lines), 750 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010

To-scale map

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Los Angeles

The city allocated 0.5% of subway construction costs to the creation of original art works. More than 250 artists contributed. There are works of art in all the stations of the Red Line and many other stations [], [], [].

Photo [Eric Haas,]: Hollywood/Highland station by Dworsky Associates architects and artist Sheila Klein.
Hollywood/Vine station on the Red Line features Hollywood's golden history with original theater projectors from the 1930s presented like sculptures. Film reels cover the vaulted ceiling all over.

Photo: Hollywood/Vine station from 1999 by artist Gilbert Lujan and architect Adolfo Miralles.

Guided Tours

Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.

Tours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system, led by trained Metro Docent Council volunteers. Tour operator: MTA (metro operator).

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

The Red and Purple Lines are the only real metro lines and have works of art on most platforms and concourses. Book the guided MTA tour at and learn about arts in the stations.


Subway construction aroused curiosity, not of archaeologists but palaeontologists, when a treasure trove of fossils was unearthed between Wilshire/Vermont and North Hollywood stations. The objects are not displayed in stations, though. About 2000 fossils could be preserved, dating back to up to 16.5 million years ago, including many fish species new to science, as well as bones and teeth of mammoth, mastodon, camel, bison and ground sloth as well as parts of redwood trees and other plants [6, 7, 8].

Abandoned Lines

A streetcar or tram tunnel has been partly or wholly abandoned.

Reaching the Beaches

Pacific Ocean: 1st Street station (Blue Line).

Circle Lines

Terminal loop - Blue Line - 5 stations - at southern end, unidirectional.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Metro Red and Purple lines: "ding-ding" (wav). LRT lines: a high-pitched beep.


  Los Angeles photo gallery.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1956: While the City Sleeps, story set in New York but subway scenes filmed in L.A.
1989: Kinjite: Forbidden Subject
1990: Predator 2
1994: Speed
1997: Volcano
2004: Collateral
2006: Heroes, TV series with scenes in the L.A. Metro Red Line
2013: Red Line

Handpicked Resources Los Angeles County Metro Art Department. Official website

Generic Links for Los Angeles Metro Rail

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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