After many Arts District constituents requested that Metro consider adding a station at 6th Street, Councilmember Huizar reached out to the Metro Board and is thrilled to see that a community-driven effort is now being considered.
With the passage of Measure M, it is clear that Angelenos want transit, particularly adjacent to denser communities and major destinations. A new Red/Purple Line Station in the Arts District is a perfect example and helps meet Metro’s vision for a multimodal transportation network.
Metro’s staff report states that, due to a variety of technical and logistical reasons, a station can either be located at Third Street or Sixth Street, but not both. Based upon their report, DTLA FWD is pushing to locate a station at Sixth Street as the best option to meet the goals of the community, Metro, and the City of Los Angeles.
● Extensive New Development - The Arts District is experiencing immense growth, with major developments planned for 6th & Alameda, 670 Mesquit, and many other sites within the neighborhood. These projects will bring new residents to the Arts District who will need to get around. Traditionally, we have required developers to build immense parking structures. By including a station at 6th Street, we will reduce the need for extensive parking and build true Transit Oriented Development.
● Connection to the Metro Bike Path - Measure M included over $360 million to close the LA River Bike Path gap through Downtown Los Angeles. Currently, the only location to access the River Bike Path along a 4.5 mile stretch of river in Downtown is at Sixth Street. Once the bike path is completed, people from all over the County will want to come enjoy it. Having a transit stop at the only access point to the river for miles is the prudent thing to do.
● Proximity to Sixth Street Viaduct & Park - A station at Sixth Street would also be located under and within the new Sixth Street Viaduct and Park. The $484 million viaduct will feature dedicated bike lanes, ample sidewalks for pedestrians, and will be a Los Angeles icon. The $23 million Park below it will bring 12 acres of open space to Downtown’s Arts District and Boyle Heights, adjacent to the LA River. Amenities will include an Arts Plaza for large performances, soccer fields and other active recreational facilities, as well as walking and jogging paths. The park will be in high demand and good transit service is essential to providing access to the new facility.
● Active Transportation Improvements - With the assistance of Metro’s Active Transportation Grant Assistance Program, my office and the City of Los Angeles successfully applied for $15 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 3 funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the Arts District. The improvements are designed to connect to Metro’s TIGER Grant in Little Tokyo and the Arts District. The ATP and TIGER projects will create a seamless bicycle and pedestrian network between the new 1st & Central Regional Connector Station and the proposed Sixth Street Station.
● Equitable Service for the Arts District - Due to its close proximity to Union Station, the Arts District is home to many Metro, Metrolink, and Amtrak maintenance facilities that are not present in the rest of the county. The Arts District neighborhood has the Division 1, Division 13, and Division 20 facilities located within it. It is also home to the new Purple Line Maintenance of Way Building and the Emergency Security Operations Center. Finally, both the California High Speed Rail and the LinkUS project propose to build tracks right through the neighborhood. Just because it is conveniently located next to many rail lines and Union Station, we need to ensure that the Arts District is not treated as the defacto “Back of House” for Metro or any other entity. The Arts District is entitled to high-quality rail transit just as much as any other neighborhood.
Councilmember Huizar has committed to Metro close cooperation with the Sixth Street Viaduct and Sixth Street Park projects to meet Metro’s operational needs and the needs of the Arts District stakeholders. Councilmember Huizar once again thanks the Metro Board for their excellent leadership on working to bring a station to the Arts District.
GET INVOLVED IN BRINGING A METRO STATION TO SIXTH STREET/LA RIVER: