Pico is the original northern terminus of the Blue Line when it opened on July 14, 1990, it was extended the one stop underground to 7 St/Metro Center on February 15, 1991, the tunnel portal is a block north of Pico Station. Pico will also be the only intermediate station of concurrent running when the Metro Expo Line opens on April 28, 2012 so it will become a transfer point for passengers going from Culver City to Long Beach. The station is also the closest to the Staples Center (home to the NBA Clippers and Lakes, NHL Kings, and WNBA Sparks) and the single narrow island platform is not well designed to handle post-game or any other crowds. The station is located at street level on the east side of Flower Street beginning just north of Pico Blvd and getting close to the intersection of 12 Street. The stop has a single island platform with one canopy towards its southern end and entrances at both ends via narrow ramps that lead from grade crossings across the eastern northbound track (to only the eastern sidewalk). Jersey barriers have been built to prevent people from jaywalking across Flower Street and the Staples Center to reach the station. Artwork is Time and Presence by Robin Brailsford, metalwork in secondary canopy-like structures along the platform.
All Photos taken on 18 March, 2010