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Los Angeles Union Station 75th Anniversary



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Historic Union Station has been serving Los Angeles County for 75 years. Join Metro, in partnership with National Train Day, Amtrak and Metrolink as we commemorate this iconic station’s 75th birthday and celebrate all things rail on Saturday, May 3, 10am-4pm. 

 

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Official Ceremony

Watch the rededication of the station at 10am in the historic ticket concourse area.

Chuggington™ Kids Depot

Free kid-friendly activities with Chuggington™, the hit preschool television series that follows the adventures of three young trainees as they learn to ride the rails.

Self-Guided Architectural Tours

Talk with Metro Art docents throughout the station to learn more about Union Station’s architecture, embellishments and artworks. Docents will be posted at the Old Ticket concourse, Waiting Room, Fred Harvey Room and Union Station East.

Model Train Displays

See N-scale model trains in action as Orange County N'gineers showcase their elaborate miniature railroads.

Amtrak Exhibits

Go behind the scenes of the passenger railroad for National Train Day.  See one-of-a-kind rail cars, learn how trains work and tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train.

Contemporary Amtrak cars:

Coast Starlight Superliner Sleeper
Long-distance, bi-level sleeping cars offer a range of overnight accommodations.

Coast Starlight Pacific Parlour Car Casual but elegant first-class lounge car exclusively for Coast Starlight sleeping car passengers.

Superliner Sightseer Lounge Car
Food service car, panoramic windows optimize views of passing scenery.

Cross Country Cafe
"Diner lounge" Superliner food service car.

Superliner Coach
Feature wide, comfortable seats, reading lights and at-seat electrical outlets.

Historic cars:

GM&O 50
Originally a 1927 business car for the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad; better known today as The Patrón Tequila Express.

Tioga Pass
Designed for railroad executives' business travel, built in 1959.

Silver Splendor
Built in 1956 for travel on Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Denver Zephyr line between Chicago and Denver.

Overland Trail
Built by Pullman Standard in 1949 for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Acoma
Built for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway’s Super Chief line between Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Palm Leaf
Built in 1951 for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Super Chief line between Chicago and Los Angeles.

National Forum
Built by Pullman Standard in 1954 as a sleeper for the Union Pacific Railway.

Utah
Parlor Cafe-Lounge car built in the 1950s and refurbished in 1988.  

Colonial Crafts
Sleeper-lounge car built by Pullman Standard in 1949 for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Montana
Custom built by the Milwaukee Railroad shops in 1947 as a Tap Lounge car for the Olympian Hiawatha.

Other:

Metrolink
Operating commuter rail service in Southern California since 1992, Metrolink unveiled a passenger train car highlighting SMARTY, the agency’s mascot showcasing its commitment to safety, in 2013.

Union Pacific Railroad
Incorporated in 1862 to build the eastern portion of the nation's first transcontinental rail line.

Pacific Harbor Line
Provides maintenance and dispatching services to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

BNSF ES44 Series Road Locomotive
Burlington Northern Santa Fe example of greener and more efficient locomotive.

Los Angeles Live Steamers
Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 to educate people on railroad history and further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology.

Railway Express Agency Delivery Truck
Built in 1945 by the International Harvester Company

Time Square Kiss Statue
The Spirit of ‘45 honors the extraordinary achievements and timeless values of the men and women of the armed forces who endured the Great Depression and achieved victory in World War II.

Watch more than a dozen acts, from music to dance and children's theater, as they perform on multiple stages throughout the day.

Old Ticket Concourse – Main Stage

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
9:30-10am & 11-11:30am Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles This all-female mariachi ensemble brings sensitivity, beauty and a vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.
Las Cafeteras
12-12:45pm Las Cafeteras Known for their energetic bilingual performances, Las Cafeteras combine Afro-Mexican Son Jarocho, Hip Hop, Folk and Native American sounds.
Big Jay McNeely with Mark Tortorici & The Hollywood Combo
1-2pm Big Jay McNeely with Mark Tortorici & The Hollywood Combo A good-time rockin’ Rhythm & Blues band that has earned a reputation as one of the best Blues, Roots, Swing, and Retro-Billy bands in town.
Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra
2:30-3:30pm Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra Swing, Two-Beat, Latin, Funk, Rock, and Ballads are all part of the repertoire of this group's exciting and memorable performances.
DJ Rani de Leon as emcee

DJ Rani de Leon as emcee, performing between sets, starting at 11:30am.

A signature blend of eclectic and accessible worldly sounds, jazz textures, and ‘feel-good’ roots and soul music.

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South Patio

Dr. Pinch and the Pinchtones
12-12:45pm  Dr. Pinch and the Pinchtones A show that mixes upbeat, infectious WWII-era swing music with comedy and vaudeville interludes.
Cava
1-1:45pm Cava Advancing the evolution of Latin music in Los Angeles, Cava blends by weaving sounds such as Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa and Funk.
Choo Choo Bob
2-2:30 & 2:45-3:15pm Choo Choo Bob (performers will also roam the station and play small acoustic sets throughout the day) Cast members from the Minneapolis-based children’s program, "The Choo Choo Bob Show," perform original railroad-themed music.
Mudbug Brass Band
3:15-4pm Mudbug Brass Band (performance will traverse the station, ending on the South Patio stage) This 8-piece band is dedicated to the Second Line tradition of The Big Easy, drawing from New Orleans traditional jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Mardi Gras.
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East Portal

East Wind Lion Dance Troupe
11-11:30am East Wind Lion Dance Troupe (this processional performance will begin at the East Portal) A traditional south China lion dance and martial art group based in Chinatown, East Wind has a 41-year history and is a subsidiary of the East Wind Foundation For Youth, Inc., which provides cultural, academic/career and recreational activities for youths in Chinatown and neighboring communities.
Los Angeles Muses
1-1:45pm & 2-2:45pm Los Angeles Muses Fusing a love of tight harmonies and classic favorites from groups like the Andrews Sisters, the Los Angeles Muses sing in a cappella, bringing songs to life with energy and unique musicality.
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Fred Harvey Room

The Jennifer Keith Quintet
1:30-2pm
2:30-3pm
3:30-4pm
The Jennifer Keith Quintet Be transported to a timeless era by the sounds of jazz, American roots and pop music.
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511
Free traveler information service with traffic reports, transit planning and commuter service information in the Los Angeles area via a toll-free phone number, website and new mobile app.

Access Services
ADA paratransit service for Los Angeles County.

American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation
A non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the role passenger rail played in building America. 

Angel City Press
Authors on hand for book signings of their books: William Bradley author of Los Angeles Union Station: Tracks to the Future and Stephen Gee, author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles by Stephen Gee

Los Angeles Union Station: Tracks to the Future by William Bradley
Author William Bradley relates a rich history of fierce battles, cultural relocation, and astounding financial risks culminating in one of California’s most important stories. Augmenting his words with vintage images, Bradley not only shares the tale of the terminal, but of the trains that rode its tracks—those 1939 tracks to the future.

Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles by Stephen Gee
John Parkinson was the most important architect in Los Angeles at a time when the city was inventing itself. His work includes many of the structures that four decades after his death continue to define the city. By the time he died in 1935, Parkinson had been responsible for more than 400 of the city’s buildings, more than 50 of which still stand, shaping the city's unmistakable skyline. In his obituary, the Los Angeles Times declared, “Future citizens have only to walk through the streets of Los Angeles to be reminded how much John Parkinson in his lifetime contributed to the city that grew up under his hand.” 

Annenberg Foundation
A prominent family foundation focused on bettering the Los Angeles region. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Annenberg Foundation has partnered with Metro to help build community through public transportation.

Automobile Club of Southern California
The club was founded in Los Angeles and is one of the nation's first motor clubs dedicated to improving roads, proposing traffic laws, and improvement of overall driving conditions.

BoltBus
Direct, curbside service to the places you want to go. BoltBus provides friendly employees, affordable pricing, reserved seating, a formal boarding process, extra legroom, power outlets, free Wi-Fi and a loyalty program, Bolt Rewards.

California High-Speed Rail Authority
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation.

California Operation Lifesaver
A national non-profit organization, which seeks to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities at America’s highway/railroad crossings and railroad right-of-way through education.

California Science Center
A dynamic destination featuring over 100 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, more than 400 species of live plants and animals, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Pompeii: The Exhibition opens May 2014.

Chinese American Museum
The mission of the Chinese American Museum is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans.

City of Grover Beach
A small beach town on California's Central Coast. A wonderful place to visit and play.

Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau
Attract and encourage visitors and residents to experience the Klamath region in Oregon by promoting the area's unique natural environment, vibrant cultural communities and rich heritage resources

Fillmore & Western Railway
The historic trains of Fillmore & Western are located in equally historic downtown Fillmore, California.  Enjoy themed excursions and celebrate special occasions in vintage rail cars from the 1930’s and 40’s throughout the year.

Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau is your resource for travel information for visiting attractions and sites throughout Northern Arizona.

Grand Canyon Railway
The Grand Canyon Railway is a passenger railroad that operates from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.

LARail.com., Inc.
Owns and operates vintage and historic railroad passenger cars hooked to Amtrak trains.

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
Advancing the prosperity of LA’s visitor tourism industry through sales and marketing to principal segments of domestic and international trade and consumer.

Metro Art Docent Council: Union Station Art & Architecture
Learn about the historic station’s architecture and embellishments, as well as the many artworks in the newer sections of the station.

Metro Bicycle Program
Metro's Bicycle Program supports biking as a form of active transportation and facilitate first mile/last mile connections to transit through policies and programs.

Metro ExpressLanes
A one-year demonstration program overseen by Metro, Caltrans and several other mobility partners that have joined forces to develop multi-modal solutions to improve traffic flow and provide enhanced travel options on the I-110 and I-10 Freeways in Los Angeles County.

Metro Information
Everything you need to know about how to Go Metro and all the exciting projects currently in the works.

Metrolink
Southern California's regional rail service is in its 21st year of operation. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network and is the eighth largest commuter rail agency based on annual ridership in the U.S.

Metro Regional Rail
Responsible for planning, programming and implementing projects in LA County along Metro-owned railroad rights-of-way.

Metro Transit Safety Programs
Providing informative safety programs to the community.

NARP/Rail PAC
Non-profit passenger rail advocacy groups: NARP (national) and Rail PAC (state).

Orange Empire Railway Museum
The museum, has the largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars plus street and inter-urban electric rail cars in the west, dating from the 1870’s.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
One of California’s largest interactive railway heritage museums.  Located in San Diego County, the museum operates vintage trains each weekend and showcases over 100 years of American railroad history.

Premier Rail Collection
A collection of uniquely individual passenger railroads across the nation, inviting modern travelers to experience the revival of the golden age of rail journeys.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
San Diego’s public transportation provider in the metropolitan area with service on over 90 bus and rail routes.  

San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District and San Luis Obispo Car Free
Helping individuals discover a unique way to visit and enjoy San Luis Obispo County. Car free, carefree travel to and within the area rewards mind, body, budget and planet.

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara Car Free
Cooperative partnership founded in 1998 and led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District for cleaner air and a healthier planet.

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Air pollution control district for all lof Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Southern California Transit Advocates
Non-profit community based organization devoted to improvement of public transportation.

Southern Pacific Railroad Historical Society
Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the historical record of the Southern California Pacific Railroad and its affiliates.

TAP
A transit payment system implemented by Metro and other transit agencies, which uses a durable plastic card you can use again and again.

The J. Paul Getty Trust
An international organization dedicated to the arts and culture. No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station explores the history and design of this LA landmark. May 2 - August 10, 2014 at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library. 630 W. 5th Street in downtown LA. This exhibit is organized by the Getty Research Institute with the generous participation of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The Spirit of ‘45
Honors and reflects on the extraordinary achievements and timeless values that are the legacy of our heroes; the men and women of the armed forces, who endured the difficult times of the Great Depression and achieved victory in World War II.

Union Station Master Plan
Developing Metro’s vision and plan to guide future development at the station, including transit operations and new private and/or public real estate development.

Wally G. Shidler Historical Collection
Private collector of Southern California ephemera.

Use Union Station as your jumping-off point for exploration. Step outside
the station to enjoy fun-filled activities at various locations easily reached without driving!

LA Union Station 75th Anniversary “Street Mural” Bike Ride led by C.I.C.L.E.

C.I.C.L.E., with the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, will lead a community bicycle ride that loops through neighboring artist communities. Meet at 11am at Union Station; the ride will leave promptly at 11:30am. Space is limited. RSVP at cicle.org.

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Free rides to Glendale

Visit the historic Glendale Southern Pacific Railroad Station on Metrolink and Amtrak trains departing LA Union Station at 11am, 12pm, 12:10pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. From Glendale Station, enjoy free rides on the Glendale Beeline bus into downtown Glendale, with more than 100 restaurants. Trains will return from Glendale Station to LA Union Station at 11:30am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

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"Cinco de Mayo" at Olvera Street

Step across Alameda Street from the station to enjoy festival activities and exclusive discounts with your TAP card.

Avila Adobe House
Save 10% on your purchase

Chinese American Museum
Save 10% at the Museum Store and more

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Eat, Shop, and Explore Chinatown

Ride one stop north on the Metro Gold Line to explore Chinatown and receive exclusive discounts at local businesses with your TAP card.

643 North
Save 10% on food

Sweet Town
Save 10% on your bill

Starry Kitchen
Save 10% on your bill and more

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"Taste of Little Tokyo"

Take the Metro Gold Line one stop south to Little Tokyo/Artist District Station to tour local eateries and exclusive discounts with your TAP card.

Taste of Little Tokyo, April 26 and May 3
Receive a free tote bag

Far Bar
Save 10% on food

Japanese American National Museum 
Save $2 on admission

Chado Tea Room
Save 10% on your bill

MOCA Geffen Contemporary
Receive 2-for-1 admission

Fickle
Save 10% on food

Sandwich Smith
Save 10% on your purchase

Monkey Pants
Save 10% on your purchase

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Eat, Shop and Explore near Grand Park

Hop on the Metro Red or Purple Line and go one stop south to Civic Center/Grand Park Station to enjoy the park and exclusive discounts nearby with your TAP card.

Ebanos Crossing
Save 15% on your bill

The Tallest Tree in the Forest, April 12-May 25
Mark Taper Forum
Save 10% on tickets

Porgy & Bess, April 22-June 1
The Ahmanson Theatre
Save 10% on tickets

Omni Hotel of Los Angeles
Save 25% on lunch, 15% on dinner

Noé Restaurant Bar & Grill
Save 15% on your bill

Grand Café
Save 25% on your bill

The Colburn School Chamber Music Society Series
Save $5 on tickets

MOCA Grand Avenue
Receive 2-for-1 admission

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No Further West: The Story of LA Union Station at the Los Angeles Central Library

Ride the Metro Red or Purple Line two stops down to Pershing Square Station to learn more about Union Station's history and enjoy exclusive discounts in the neighborhood with your TAP card.
J. Paul Getty Trust at the Los Angeles Central Library
Receive a free wooden train whistle

Cole's French Dip
Save 15% on your bill

Peddler's Creamery
Buy one single scoop, get one free

Casey's Irish Pub
Save 15% on your bill

Los Angeles Theatre Center 
Save $2 on tickets

Tossed
Save $2 on your bill

Boba 7
Receive a free upgrade to a large drink

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Eat, shop and explore Boyle Heights

Take the Metro Gold Line three stops south to enjoy traditional music by Mariachi Alfaro de Guadalajara at the historic Mariachi Plaza, as well as exclusive discounts with your TAP card.

Primera Taza Coffee House
Save 15% on Your Bill

Casa 0101
Save $2 on Admission

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