Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station and Plaza is getting Upgrades

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station and Plaza is getting Upgrades


The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project (Project) is intended to provide important upgrades to this busy, 25 year old Station where the Metro Blue and Green Lines meet. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 105 Freeway (I-105) and South Wilmington Avenue in Willowbrook and is generally bounded by Imperial Highway to the north, South Wilmington Avenue to the west, South Willowbrook Avenue to the east, and extends south to include approximately 1.5 acres of the Kenneth Hahn Plaza Shopping Center. In addition to the two rail lines, the Station is served by six Metro bus lines as well as several municipal bus lines and community shuttles. In 2011, after significant study, the Metro Board adopted the Rosa Parks Station Master Plan and Transit Oriented District. As a result, the goals for this Project are to:

  • Improve safety and circulation between the various modes
  • Enhance connections to the surrounding community
  • Improve multi-modal connections
  • Increase the sense of security
  • Improve the transit patron experience


Project Features

The Project aims to meet the above stated goals through the following proposed measures:

  • Extend the Blue Line platform to reduce crowding
  • Create a southern at-grade pedestrian crossing and entrance to the extended Blue Line platform
  • Upgrade the elevators, escalators, stairs and mezzanine between the Blue and Green Line platforms
  • Improve the bus bays to provide a safer and more comfortable area for patrons
  • Reconfigure Park & Ride lots for optimal circulation and pedestrian safety
  • Improve pedestrian circulation through the Station
  • Add a civic plaza with a Metro Customer Service Center, transit security facility and a Bike Hub
  • Add new canopies on the extended Blue Line platform and at open-air bus bays
  • Improve lighting, landscaping and signage throughout the site


Project Design Team

In November 2015, RNL Design was selected to prepare the final design for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station improvements. The architecture and engineering firm has successfully completed a number of Metro projects and will be leading the final design efforts for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project.

BASE Architecture, Planning and Engineering are providing several services under RNL Design including:

  • Community Outreach
  • Urban Design
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Construction Administration (Support Services)


BASE Project Team

  • Michael Anderson (Principal)
  • Angie Mason (Urban Planning)
  • Andrew Matsumoto (Architecture)
  • Dan Worth (Civil Engineering)
  • Virchus Ferguson (Project Administration)




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