K Line’s Hyde Park station is dedicated to the community of Crenshaw and the surrounding boroughs

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Metro on Saturday joined Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, first chairwoman of the Metro board, LA City Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins, and community leaders, supporters and residents of Crenshaw to celebrate the to inaugurate the new Hyde Park K-Line station in south Los Angeles. The K Line, also known as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, is slated to officially open later this year, bringing new rail service to one of the city’s oldest communities.

Watch the video of the entire event here.

Hyde Park Station is located between the intersections of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue and 59th Street in the borough of Hyde Park. The station serves one of the most densely populated areas along the Crenshaw Corridor and Los Angeles, offering residents and others a new transportation option to the car.

Hyde Park Station is surrounded by several historic neighborhoods such as Leimert Park, Vermont Square, Manchester Square and Inglewood. The station is a short walk from Crenshaw High School and several local corner shops.

Several housing estates are currently being built in the area by private builders, who will also benefit from the new station.

Metro also supports improved safety for pedestrians when accessing the new station. With funding from Metro’s transportation-oriented development planning grants, the City of Los Angeles has completed a Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan that will increase safety by improving the walking environment through the installation of wider sidewalks and crosswalks, as well as curb extensions and mid-islands of refuge, giving Metro riders access to Hyde Park station, whether they are on foot, bike, scooter or skateboard.

Hyde Park is one of eight new stations on the 8.5-mile K Line. Other stops include: Expo/Crenshaw, Martin Luther King Jr., Leimert Park, Fairview Heights, Downtown Inglewood, Westchester/Veterans, and Aviation/Century.

The $2 billion K Line will open later this year with seven stations. The Aviation/Century station is expected to open in fall 2023. The Airport Metro Connector Project, which will connect to Los Angeles International Airport, is scheduled to open in late 2024. The line will connect the existing Metro E Line (Expo). at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards to the C Line (Green) at El Segundo, which is a key transit alternative to traveling on the increasingly congested 10, 405, and 105 freeways.

The Metro’s station dedication ceremony also celebrated the importance of the station, its art and the nearby historic districts. Officials recognized and showcased early project champions, small businesses, local artists and Hyde Park Station commemorative pin competition winner, high school student Allysa Enriquez.

All K Line stations contain artwork commissioned under the agency’s Metro Art program. Artists were selected through an open, competitive selection process, on the recommendation of a panel of local art professionals. Hyde Park Station includes a series of porcelain enamel artworks by Carlson Hatton entitled Hyde Park Oasis.

More information about the project can be found at kline.metro.net.

For more information on Metro Art, see metro.net/art.

QUOTES

“Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the entire city of Los Angeles, so it’s fitting that Metro will soon offer this important community a new transit alternative,” said Ara J. Najarian, Glendale City Council member and Metro CEO. “I look forward to the opportunities this new station and line will bring to Hyde Park by connecting people to local parks, schools, homes and other important destinations.”

“Metro and the City of Los Angeles are committed to making our new Hyde Park K-Line station as safe and accessible as possible for our community,” said Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, first vice chair of the Metro Board of Directors. “Taken together, these improvements will greatly increase access to opportunities that Hyde Park has needed for decades.”

“Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. I am proud to represent this community and know that with the opening of the Crenshaw Line, its deep history and culture will be more accessible to residents across the county and even the world,” said Lot Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell Angeles County, which is the Second District.

“Once the Hyde Park station opens, it will be a key hub for our South LA mass transit service,” said Stephanie N. Wiggins, Metro CEO. “As we dedicate this station today, I want to thank all of the community members who helped Metro design, build and deliver a piece of community infrastructure that will be well used and loved for generations.”

PHOTOS / VIDEOS

All photos from the event are here.

Allyssa Enriquez, the winner of the Student Pin Contest for Hyde Park Station.

Fabiola Henryth Marinero, from the nearby White Hall Arts Academy, performed at the dedication.

A bird’s-eye view of Hyde Park Station on the K Line.

Street view of the train station.

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Tagged as: Ceremony, Crenshaw Corridor, Crenshaw/LAX Line, Dedication, Hyde Park Station, Inglewood, K Line, LAX, Light Rail, Projects, South Los Angeles

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