Where Should the Westwood Subway Station Go? On Wilshire Blvd. or Closer to UCLA?
For the past few weeks, Metro has been "unscientifically gauging" the public on where a few key stations should be located for the Westside Subway. The latest poll focuses on a Westwood Station, which will likely be the busiest station in the system with some 14,300 boardings a day.
As discussed last month on LAist, there are a few options within Westwood to place a station, but some come with challenges. Metro further examines the issues on its blog, citing potential new development and examining how far a station would be from UCLA campus.
"Depending on where the stations are actually located, it’s about a three-quarter mile walk to Ackerman Plaza on the UCLA campus and about a mile to Royce Hall and other buildings on the northern part of campus," wrote Steve Hymon. "For the sake of comparison, the BART station in Berkeley is not located on the campus of UC Berkeley. It’s about an .8-mile walk to Sproul Plaza on that campus and just a bit more to the Campanile. It’s an uphill walk, similar to the walk from Wilshire to UCLA’s campus."
And if a station is built at Wilshire and Westwood, the pedestrian activity it creates could spur a second coming for the sleepy Westwood Village, which was once the hippest place in town.