Los Angeles

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Overview - Los Angeles

Located on the Pacific Ocean in southern California, Los Angeles is the largest city by population in California and the second largest city by population in the United States of America. It has approximately 4 million inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The Los Angeles metropolitan area (Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim) comprised 13,291,486 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


Los Angeles rapid transit network consists of two heavy rail services, several light rail services, and a bus rapid transit line. It also has arterial bus rapid transit and rapid bus corridors as well as commuter rail services.

Los Angeles Metro Rail

Opened 1990, Los Angeles Metro Rail consists of two subway services and four light rail services that serve the cities of Los Angeles County, California. All services are operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).


Numerous expansions are underway as of 2019.

Blue Line (A Line)

The Blue Line (A Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 35.4 km light rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Long Beach in the south to 7th Street/Metro Center in the north and serving 22 stations.


The Blue Line was opened in July 1990.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
A (Blue)12'6'12'12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Red Line (B Line)

The Red Line (B Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 26.4 km rapid transit service on a East-Northwest alignment, running from Union Station in the east to North Hollywood in the northwest and serving 14 stations.


The Red Line was opened in January 1993 and the last extension to the line was in 2000 when the line was extended from Hollywood/Vine to North Hollywood.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
B (Red)12'10'12'12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Green Line (C Line)

The Green Line (C Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 32.2 km elevated light rail service on an East-West alignment, running from Redondo Beach in the west to Norwalk in the east and serving 14 stations. East of Aviation/LAX, the line lies within the I-105 freeway.


The Green Line was opened in August 1995.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
C (Green)15'6'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Purple Line (D Line)

The Purple Line (D Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 10.3 km rapid transit service on an East-West alignment, running from Union Station in the east to Wilshire/Western in the west and serving 8 stations.


The Purple Line was opened in January 1993 as a branch of the Red Line and was branded as its own line in 2006.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
D (Purple)12'10'12'12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Expo Line (E Line)

The Expo Line (E Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 24.5 km light rail service on an East-West alignment, running from 7th St/Metro Center to Downtown Santa Monica in the west and serving 19 stations.


The Expo Line was opened in April 2012 and the last extension to the line was the Santa Monica extension, opened in May 2016.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
E (Expo)12'6'12'12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Gold Line (L Line)

The Gold Line of the Los Angeles Metro is a 50 km light rail service on an C-shaped alignment, running from APU/Citrus College in the north to Atlantic in the south via Downtown Los Angeles and serving 27 stations.


The Gold Line was opened in July 2003 and the last extension to the line was the extension to APU/Citrus College, opened in March 2016.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
L (Gold)12'8'12'12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Los Angeles Metro Busway

Opened 2005, Los Angeles Metro Busway consists of a bus rapid transit corridor and two rapid bus corridors consolidated into two branded services that serve the cities of Los Angeles County, California. All services are operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).


New corridors are under consideration.

Orange Line (G Line)

The Orange Line (G Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 29 km bus rapid transit line on an East-West alignment, running from Chatswood in the west to North Hollywood in the east along a disused railway ROW and serving 17 stations.


The Orange Line was opened in October 2005. The last extension was the Chatsworth Extension, opened in June 2012. Service to Warner Center was terminated on June 2018.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
G (Orange)10'4'10'10'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

*1 - About half of the buses terminate at Canoga and do not continue to Chatsworth

Silver Line (J Line)

The Silver Line (J Line) of the Los Angeles Metro is a 61.2 km rapid bus service on a Northeast-South alignment, running from El Monte in the northeast to the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and San Pedro in the south via Union Station and serving 11 stations with additional street stops. East of Union Station, the Silver Line runs on the El Monte Busway and in the south it runs on the Harbor Transitway.


The Silver Line service began in December 2009. The El Monte Busway opened in 1973 while the Harbor Transitway opened in June 1996.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
J (Silver)12-15'4-6'15'15'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

*1 - About half of the buses terminate at Harbor Gateway TC and do not continue to Pacific & 21st

Metrolink

Opened in its current form in 1992, Metrolink consists of seven commuter rail services primarily based out of Los Angeles Union Station, serving Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Ventura Counties.


Antelope Valley Line

The Antelope Valley Line of Metrolink is a 123.3 km commuter rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Los Angeles Union Station in the south to Lancaster in the north and serving 12 stations.


The Antelope Valley Line service began in October 1992. The last expansion was the opening of the Burbank Airport - North station in May 2018.

Inland Empire-Orange County Line

The Inland Empire-Orange County Line of Metrolink is a 161.1 km commuter rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Oceanside in the south to San Bernardino-Downtown in the north and serving 16 stations.


The Inland Empire-Orange County Line service began in October 1995.

Orange County Line

The Orange County Line of Metrolink is a 140.3 km commuter rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Oceanside in the south to Los Angeles Union Station in the north and serving 15 stations.


The Orange County Line service began in April 1990.

Riverside Line

The Riverside Line of Metrolink is a 95.1 km commuter rail service on an East-West alignment, running from Los Angeles Union Station in the west to Riverside in the east and serving 7 stations. It primarily runs weekday peak hours only.


The Riverside Line service began in June 1993.

San Bernardino Line

The San Bernardino Line of Metrolink is a 90.9 km commuter rail service on an East-West alignment, running from Los Angeles Union Station in the west to San Bernardino - Downtown in the east and serving 14 stations.


The San Bernardino Line service began in 1992. Service was extended to San Bernardino in 1993.

Ventura County Line

The Ventura County Line of Metrolink is a 114.1 km commuter rail service on an East-West alignment, running from East Ventura in the west to Los Angeles Union Station in the east and serving 12 stations.


The Ventura County Line service began in 1992.

91/Perris Valley Line

The 91/Perris Valley Line of Metrolink is a 134.9 km commuter rail service on an East-West alignment, running from Los Angeles Union Station in the west to Perris South via Riverside and serving 12 stations. It parallels State Route 91 for much of its length west of Riverside.


The 91/Perris Valley Line service began in 2002. The latest extension to the service was the Perris Valley extension in June 2016.

References & Helpful Links

Los Angeles Metro Rail at Wikipedia

Los Angeles Metro Busway at Wikipedia

Metrolink at Wikipedia

Official Website for Los Angeles Metro: Metro

Official Website for Metrolink: Metrolink


Maps

All Official Maps - LA Metro [Last Accessed Jan 13, 2020]

Official System Map - Metro Rail & Busway [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 13, 2020]

Official System Map - Metro & Regional Rail [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 13, 2020]

Official System Map - Metrolink [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 13, 2020]


Unofficial Map - Los Angeles Rapid Transit by Steve Boland (calurbanist.com)


Other Sources

Los Angeles, USA at Urbanrail.net

Los Angeles, USA at BRTDATA.org

Asset Notes

Metro Rail colors all taken from official Metro map as of September 2019.

Metrolink colors all taken from official Metrolink map as of September 2019. Metrolink color taken from official Metrolink map as of September 2019 from official logo.

Orange County Streetcar line color taken from Project Map as of September 2019.