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Union Station is the region’s primary transit hub, connecting Southern California counties whose combined population totals more than 17 million. Metro purchased the iconic downtown LA station in 2011.
More than 60,000 travelers and commuters access the station’s transit providers, which include Metro bus and rail lines, Metrolink commuter rail, Amtrak long-distance rail, and numerous municipal carriers and specialty shuttles with connections to downtown Los Angeles. As Measure R funds Metro’s system expansion, Union Station is expected to see upwards of 100,000 boardings per day.
The Union Station Master Plan will develop Metro’s vision and plan to guide future development at the station, including transit operations and new private and/or public real estate development.
Celebrate the site’s history
The Master Plan will celebrate the station and embrace all adjacent neighborhoods’ rich history, providing for development that complements the station’s architecture and heritage to reinforce Union Station’s place in history.
Improve the Union Station passenger experience
A program of improvements -- including upgraded signage, improved transfers and expanded services -- will be designed to enhance each passenger’s visit.
Create a great destination
Building on the significant attributes of Union Station, the Master Plan will shape the city’s premier destination for transit users, residents and visitors. Potential enhancements include creating a public space that is sensitive to the site’s historic and cultural fabric and adjacent neighborhoods.
Prepare for High Speed Rail
The Master Plan will be flexible to accommodate anticipated future arrival of high speed rail (HSR) serving Union Station.
Metro also recognizes the need for greater accessibility to Union Station from surrounding neighborhoods – and has initiated a separate study to look specifically at pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the areas around Union station. This Linkages Study will be closely coordinated with the Union Station Master Plan.
|June 2012||Consultant contract award|
|September 2012||Project kick-off|
|Fall 2012||Data collection and analysis
Union Station Technical Advisory Committee meeting
|Winter 2012||Community kick-off
Presentation of program to the Metro Board of Directors
|Spring-Summer 2013||Development of conceptual alternative plans
Union Station Advisory Committee meeting
Public workshop #1 (preliminary conceptual alternatives)
Public workshop #2 (refined conceptual alternatives)
|Fall 2013||Metro Board of Directors to select preferred conceptual alternative|
|Fall 2014||Final Master Plan presented to Metro Board of Directors for adoption|
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Monday April 21, 2014
Built in 1939, Union Station combines Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Mission Revival and Streamline Moderne styles. The architecture team included John and Donald Parkinson who also designed Los Angeles City Hall and city landmarks.
Originally intended as a transcontinental terminus station for the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railways, the station was a major hub for troop movement during World War II. With the advent of air travel, train service declined at depots across the nation – including Union Station. The station’s historic 161,000 square foot terminal was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and the station was restored in 1992. Beginning in the 1970s, growing use of Amtrak and expansion of local and regional rail revitalized the station as a major transportation hub.
Union Station Transit Operations Milestones
- Amtrak begins operating four long distance trains from Union Station
- 1971– Coast Starlight
- 1971– Southwest Chief
- 1971– Sunset Limited
- 1982– Texas Eagle
- 1992 – Metrolink starts operations in Union Station
- 1993 – Metro Red/Purple Line opens
- 1995 – Patsaouras Transit Plaza opens, serving bus operations
- 2003 – Metro Gold Line begins service
- 2006 – LAX FlyAway begins offering service to Union Station
Union Station Property Highlights
- Approximately 40-acres, transportation hub (Metro, Metrolink, Amtrak) and urban mixed-use development site.
- Restored historic train station, extensive gardens and courtyards, and a range of dining options.
- Approved for more than 6 million square feet of new development (Alameda District Specific Plan, adopted 1996).
- Adjacent to downtown Los Angeles and El Pueblo, with close proximity to the Los Angeles Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Boyle Heights.
- Headquarters for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metrolink and Metropolitan Water District – with 1.1 million square feet of office space.
- Property operations include agreements with the transit agencies, retail leases, filming locations, special events and parking.
Monday June 03, 2013
Upcoming Metro Committee and Board Meetings
The Metro Board Planning and Programming Committee heard the LA Union Station Master Plan Team's presentation on Wednesday, September 17. The presentation and recommendations were warmly received, but the Committee had several follow-up questions and decided to delay their decision on the plan until next month. Board members requested additional information regarding funding for Phase I improvements, including the forecourt and streetscape improvements; the proposed Agreement to coordinate the design of these improvements between the City of Los Angeles, Metro, El Pueblo and LA County; as well as a few other matters.
The item is now expected to be heard at the October Metro Board Planning and Programming Committee on October 15 and the Board of Directors Meeting on October 23.
Community Celebration Scheduled for October 16
We have scheduled an Open House to mark the culmination of the LAUSMP and present the final plan. You’ll be able to view a video simulation of how the full project has been designed to build incrementally as future partners and funding opportunities become available, a history of the planning process and additional renderings. Please join us on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Fred Harvey Room at LA Union Station, where you will see the plan in context at the station. All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. Other ADA accommodations and translations available by calling 213.922.2499 at least 72 hours in advance.
Metro Presents: PARK(ing) Day at LA Union Station
For National PARK(ing) Day on September 19, Artist Alexis Disselkoen will create a temporary park out of a corner of the station’s Alameda-facing parking lot from noon to 5pm. The park will feature a reimagination of the classic game Lotería with imagery celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the surrounding area.
Metro’s contribution to PARK(ing) Day anticipates the transformations expected as part of the LA Union Station Master Plan. The Plan calls for removing some of the surface parking in front of the Alameda Street entrance and replacing it with a public plaza that creates a more welcoming atmosphere and a stronger connection to El Pueblo.
Even More Eateries Slated for LA Union Station
Also on the agenda this month, the Metro Board will be considering leases for three new dining establishments in LA Union Station.
The first would be a new gastropub in the Fred Harvey Room, outlined in a Metro staff report on the proposed lease with Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman, who have been very successful with other downtown Los Angeles bars and eateries, including Seven Grand, the Golden Gopher, the Broadway Bar, Coles, Casey’s Irish Pub and several others that have helped fuel the recent revitalization of downtown. If the lease is approved by the full Metro Board, the new restaurant would be the first to occupy the Fred Harvey Room since the original Harvey House restaurant closed in 1967. The well preserved space has since been used for special events and filming.
Also under consideration are leases for two kiosks in the East Portal of LA Union Station. One is for a new coffee shop, Barista Society, and the other is an as yet unnamed “grab and go” bento box restaurant. These 3 exciting new options join the recent news about Café Crepe and T & Y Bakery. Bon appetit!
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Friday September 19, 2014
The Union Station Master Plan will guide future development of the station to help it become an even greater destination. This conceptual animation offers a glimpse of how the station may evolve over the years to come.
A look at the future of LA Union Station
Monday April 21, 2014
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