After years of lobbying to make sure that the station on the metro Red Line include "Studio City," the Metro Board of Directors approved it Thursday.
The Metro Red Line Universal City Station will now be known as “Universal City/Studio City Station” to reflect the station’s location in Studio City. Metro Bus lines 150, 155, 224, 240 and Metro Rapid 750 connect this station with the rest of Studio City and San Fernando Valley.
Studio City resident and broadcast journalist Barry Johnson led the charge to get the name changed, and presented the idea to the Studio City Neighborhood Council. "It's not like we're asking for anything that hasn't been done before," Johnson said. "And the boundaries of the Metro Station is in the Studio City borders."
The problem is that the area around Universal Studios is sometimes called Universal City or the Cahuenga Pass, but the station next to the Campo de Cahuenga is actually within the Studio City borders according to the neighborhood council charter.
Board of Directors also approved name changes to other stations:
The Metro Red Line Civic Center Station will now be the “Civic Center/Grand Park/Tom Bradley Station” in honor of the recently opened Grand Park, which is served by this station, and the former City of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
The Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station will now be known as the “Wilshire/Western/Alfred Hoyun Song Station” in honor of Alfred Hoyun Song, former Mayor of Monterey Park and the first Asian American legislator elected to the California State Assembly in 1962. He was also the first Korean American to be elected to the California State Senate, where he distinguished himself as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.