The 25-year-old Rosa Parks Transit Station is in need of major upgrades. To move forward with the proposed $66 million renovation, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is nearly done with the environmental review process. Metro is now seeking two state grants to fully fund the project.
With more than 30,000 riders using the station weekly, it is one of the busiest in the system. Unfortunately, it is also one of the oldest and the least welcoming. The proposed changes will turn the station into a first-class transit hub, including moving the front door of the station farther south so that it’s not under the freeway.
As part of the master plan, new amenities such as a customer service center, a plaza for community events, a hub for bikes and car sharing programs, retail spaces and a Sheriff’s Substation are being proposed in addition to other safety and lighting upgrades.
The improvements to the station are all part of a grander vision to transform the Willowbrook Community. The station is a block away from the MLK Medical Campus. Los Angeles County has invested more than $600 million to create a first class, preventive care medical campus that includes an Outpatient Center, Mental Health Urgent Care Center and a Center for Public Health. The new, privately run Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, is scheduled to open this summer and will bring more health services to the campus.
A new library and senior housing will be built on the corner of 118th and Wilmington Avenue, to continue creating a walkable, livable community.
“We need to celebrate public transit and make it easier and more attractive for riders to get to the station,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “That is why we are coupling the improvements at the station with walking and biking improvements in the area. Our efforts will leave a legacy for years to come and will benefit generations of Los Angeles County residents.”