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Systemwide Design

Metro stations must be well located, recognizable, attractive, and easy to use, with well-designed station public areas, including plazas, concourses and platforms. Through coordination with other Metro departments, cities and other stakeholders, the Systemwide Design team helps design Metro stations that connect to the urban environment and regional transit network, and provide a seamless transfer experience between different modes for all transit riders.

To create a quality customer experience, our team works to ensure that all current and future Rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station designs are compliant with Metro’s Systemwide Station Design Standards. The Systemwide Station Design raises the bar on station architecture, establishing a distinct unified identity for a world-class transit system. By optimizing the layout of station areas, operational equipment, and customer amenities, we strive to:

  • Provide a safe, accessible and comfortable Metro experience
  • Connect Metro stations to the greater regional transit network
  • Orient stations to neighborhood destinations and pedestrian routes
  • Improve the durability of Metro’s infrastructure to reduce maintenance
  • Support the vision of transit-oriented communities

Metro’s Systemwide Station Design reflects the safer, smarter, cleaner and greener future of public transportation options within Los Angeles County.

Following a thorough review and evaluation of other leading state-of-the-art transit systems and international best practices for transit station design, Metro developed the Systemwide Station Design in 2012.  Utilizing a modular “kit-of-parts” that is streamlined and adaptable, new Metro stations will be more cost-effective to design, construct, operate, and maintain. The kit-of-parts consists of high quality, high performance architectural materials and elements that can be configured to respond to varying station site conditions, as well as the functional and capacity needs of individual stations. This Systemwide Station Design will apply to all future Metro rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations.

Standardized “kit-of-parts” materials and elements generally consist of:

  • Consistent identification signage & branding
  • Stainless steel gateway portals
  • Modular glass canopies
  • Fully integrated led lighting
  • Stainless steel columns

The Systemwide Station Design is outlined in Metro’s Systemwide Station Design Standards Policy. Adopted January 2018 by the Board of Directors, the policy requires that all future Metro Rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station designs be in compliance with Metro’s Systemwide Station Design Standards, and follow a consistent, integrated systemwide design approach.  The policy also provides opportunities for integrated public art and sustainable landscaping, as elements of variability developed in consultation with, and responsive to the surrounding community. These standards can be updated and refined based on new requirements and innovative design solutions to ensure our future stations continue to be sleek and modern, for a growing Metro system.


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