The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has moved another step closer to revitalizing Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station.
Its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a contract with RNL Interplan, Inc. to begin developing advanced conceptual engineering designs for the $66.7-million project, slated for completion in 2019.
The Board also reaffirmed Metro’s commitment to provide $16 million in local funding for project. The amount would be added to the $10.25 million in federal funding, $35.7 million in state funding, and other monetary and in-kind resources that have already been allocated.
“The proposed changes will transform the station into a first-class transit hub that will serve the community better,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who chairs the Board. “It will enhance connections to the surrounding community while addressing safety and security concerns.”
The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station, where the Blue and Green Lines meet, is more than 25 years old. It is also the fourth busiest station in Los Angeles County, carrying more than 30,000 riders a day.
The overall improvements include a platform extension, signal improvements; and a new pedestrian crossing for the Blue Line; and new elevators, escalators and stairs for the Green Line. There will also be better lighting and improved pedestrian access for all riders; a new Metro Customer Service Center; a new Sheriff’s substation and transit security facility; a bike hub; more parking; and new civic art to decorate the station.
The improvements to the station are all part of a grander vision to transform the community of Willowbrook. The station is a block away from the new $600-million Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus. Also in the works are a new library and senior housing, as well as upgrades to Magic Johnson Park.