Metro Art

The Los Angeles Count Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), located at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, is responsible for planning, designing, constructing and operating most of the public transportation in Los Angeles County, including Metro Rail and Metro Bus. Metro Board policy mandates that 0.5% of Metro Rail construction costs be allocated for public art. This page is features public art at the Gateway Transit Center, and on the Metro Rail system. Although I took some of the photographs, most of the information and images for Metro Art have been made available courtesy of Metro files. The Metro Art web site has a complete Guide to Public Art in the Metro System.

Do not reproduce information from this site without acknowledgement of the artists and their works, or of the authors of this site.

Gateway Transit Center

The Gateway Transit Center is a 7-1/2 acre multi-modal transportation center located in downtown LA adjacent to the historic Union Station. Much of the work on the Gateway Transit Center is sponsored by Metro and the Catellus Development Corporation.


Blue Line

(Transit Mall, Long Beach to 7th St./Metro Center, Downtown)

Green Line

(Marine/Redondo in Redondo Beach to I-605/I-105 in Norwalk)

Red and Purple Lines

(Wilshire/Western in Mid-City, and North Hollywood to Union Station, Downtown)

Gold Line

(Union Station to Sierra Madre Villa)

Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension

(Union Station to Atlantic)

Orange Line Rapid Busway

(North Hollywood to Canoga Park)

Expo Line

(Downtown Los Angeles to Culver City)


Construction Fence Temporary Art Projects (all removed with the opening of the stations):


Monthly Commemorative Metro Transit Passes:


Poetry in Motion:

Examples of bus posters with poetry:


Photographic Light Box Series (selections):


Commemorative Neighborhood Posters (selected):


Bus Stops and Bus Shelters:

  • Kim Yasuda, Torgen Johnson, Noel Korten, Matthew VanderBorgh, Bus shelters. Detail of the metal and glass leaf overhead.
  • Peter Reiss, Pride in the Community, Bus shelter posters.
  • Beep Inc (Pae White and Tom Marble) and Suisman Urban Design. Seating at the Rapid bus stops and bus seat fabric.


    Jim Isermann, Mid-Wilshire Metro Customer Center, exterior panels, 2006.


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    12/2013