Metro hates you. It teases you with maps of rail lines that do not exist. It giggles with glee as you wait for a bus that never arrives. And it doesn’t plan to make it any easier for you in the future.
Traveling the famed Red Line into the Valley, one might notice that there’s something missing. Something big. It’s an entire subway station.
There’s a station at Universal City. There’s a station at Chandler in North Hollywood, at the end of the line. There’s nothing in between.
With new development such as NBC’s West Coast headquarters at Universal City Station and the NoHo Art Wave at North Hollywood Station, Lankershim will change drastically over the next few years. Development spawns more development, bringing more people, who create more traffic. Since both of these major projects are located above existing Metro stations, it also seems obvious that NoHo will also become more pedestrian.
But what about that missing subway station?
According to Google Maps, the Universal City and North Hollywood Stations are 2.3 miles apart – 7 minutes by car. This only encourages more people who live or work somewhere in the middle to drive to one or the other before getting on the train.
One would think Metro had already thought of this, and had designed the line with the possibility of adding an additional stop in the future. So, I emailed Metro Customer Relations. Here is their detailed response:
There are no plans to build a Red Line Station between North Hollywood and Universal Stations. Simply stated the cost would prohibitive.
Thanks, Metro. Good looking out.