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LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements

LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade

The Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements project will enhance pedestrian and bicycle access and safety to and from Los Angeles Union Station and surrounding communities. This project implements a piece of the Connect US Action Plan , which was finalized in 2015 and identified active transportation improvement projects in the vicinity of Union Station to create safe access for people walking, bicycling and rolling to Union Station.

Utility Investigation Update

Environmental Report Update

Metro has prepared the Addendum No. 2 to the Final Environmental Impact Report (Addendum) to capture design elements that have changed since the Metro Board Certified the Final EIR in 2018.

The Addendum encompasses the following changes:

Alameda Esplanade

  • Sidewalk Realignment
  • Maintaining southern crosswalk
  • Historic streetlight replacement
  • Lane striping/Traffic Signal Modifications

Los Angeles Street

  • Maintaining left turn onto Alameda
  • ADA accessible pathway
  • Utility relocations

The public comment period closed August 26th, 2020.

The FEIR Addendum No. 2 is scheduled to be presented to the Metro Board in October: All Board agendas and reports can be found here .

  • October 14: Planning and Programming Committee
  • October 22: Regular Metro Board Meeting

For additional questions about the Addendum, please contact Megan Nangle at

Thank you to those who were able to attend the virtual public meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020 to learn about the latest project updates, the Addendum 2 to the Final Environmental Impact Report and an overview of the upcoming utility survey on Alameda and Los Angeles Streets. Questions and comments that were shared have been documented by our team.

You can view a recording of the meeting here.

2011: Metro purchased the iconic downtown Los Angeles Union Station

2012 to 2014: Metro developed the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan and the Connect US Action Plan

2015: Metro released Transforming Los Angeles Union Station, a Summary Report , which included final recommendations and implementation strategy for the Union Station Master Plan. Metro also finalized the Connect US Action Plan, which identified active transportation improvement projects, including the Alameda Esplanade and Los Angeles Crossing

2015 to 2017: Metro secured approximately $18 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant funds for Alameda and Los Angeles Street

2018: Metro Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report and Addendum; Design team brought on board

2018 to present: NEPA clearance and design development underway; geotechnical and utility investigations in City of LA right of way; City coordination and stakeholder engagement ongoing

Summer/Fall 2020: Metro contractors start utility investigations on City of Los Angeles right of way

The proposed project is located in front of Los Angeles Union Station and on adjacent streets.

The proposed project includes the following elements:

Alameda Esplanade

  • A separated pedestrian and bicycle path with mixing zones on the eastside of Alameda St between Cesar E. Chavez Av and Arcadia St
  • Sidewalk widening on the eastside of Alameda St
  • Street trees and lighting on both sides of Alameda St between Cesar E. Chavez Av and Arcadia St
  • Curb and sidewalk replacement on the west side of Alameda Street

Los Angeles Crossing

  • Removal of the northern lane of Los Angeles St between Alameda St and El Pueblo Historic Cultural Monument (El Pueblo) crosswalk to make space for an expanded pedestrian path
  • Reconfigured driveway into Union Station
  • Raised crosswalk between Union Station and El Pueblo
  • Two-way bicycle path and bicycle crossing on Los Angeles St
  • An ADA-accessible pathway between Alameda and El Pueblo.

Union Station Forecourt

  • Repurposing the existing northwestern Union Station parking lot into a new civic space with sustainability features

Arcadia Street

  • Designated parking for El Pueblo tourist buses during off-peak hours along the northern side of Arcadia St between Alameda St and Spring St.

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