When will the Wilshire/La Cienega Station open for subway riders?
Metro is expected to open the La Cienega Station, as well as the Fairfax and La Brea stations (Section 1), in 2025 for public use. The entrance to the station will be located at the northeast corner of the Wilshire and La Cienega intersection. Currently, this space is occupied by Metro’s La Cienega Staging Yard.
What will happen to the La Cienega and Gale construction staging yards when the station opens?
When construction is complete, the La Cienega Yard will become the station’s entrance (see the artist’s rendering at the top of this page). Future development above the station entrance is possible, but there are no current plans.
The City will retain ownership of the Gale Yard once construction is complete and is currently evaluating the development of a mobility hub at the site. This could include space for passenger and shuttle pick-up and drop-off, bike parking, plaza seating, security, food kiosks, wayfinding information, and public art. Development of the site could begin as early as 2024, when Metro vacates the site and the subway opens.
For more information on projects near the Wilshire/La Cienega Station, click on the Related Mobility Projects tab under Additional Information. For more information on the Gale Yard site, visit: www.beverlyhills.org/galeyard.
Will there be any art incorporated into the Wilshire/La Cienega Station?
As part of the Purple (D Line) Extension project, the Metro Art Department selects artists to develop unique artworks for each of the future subway stations. The City of Beverly Hills – Arts & Cultural Commission is involved in the artist selection process for the Wilshire/La Cienega and Wilshire/Rodeo stations. For information on the program itself, visit Metro’s Art Program website.
The following artists are commissioned to work on the station entrance and platform:
- Todd Grayis a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He specializes in photography, performance, and sculptures. His work aims to reflect challenges on the issues of race, class, gender, and colonialism. His work will be displayed at the La Cienega Station entrance.
- Soo Kimis a Korean-American artist who lives in Los Angeles. She is on the faculty at Otis College of Art and Design. She specializes in photography. Her work is in the public collection of The J. Paul Getty Museum collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and more. Her work will be displayed on the La Cienega Station platform. You can learn more of Soo Kim's work on Metro's blog.
- Mariana Castillo Deballstudied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and currently works in Germany. She is an artist specializing in visual installations, sculpture, photography, and drawings. She incorporates found materials in a way to reveal hidden connections and meanings. Her work will be displayed on the La Cienega Station concourse level. You can learn more of Mariana Castillo Deball's plans for the La Cienega concourse art on Metro's blog.