Union Station

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Los Angeles Union Station - HistoryWidely regarded as “the last of the great train stations”, Los Angeles Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.

Originally known as the “Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal”, it was intended to serve as a consolidation of the three local railroad terminals and the railroads they had served (Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe) with construction costs shared by these railroads.

Designed in a unique blend of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles by the father-son architect team of John and Donald Parkinson, the facility was completed at a cost of $11 million in 1939 and opened with a lavish, star-studded, three-day celebration attended by a half million Angelenos.

With its vast waiting room and enclosed garden patios, the station itself is a reflection of the grandeur and seductive climate that is Los Angeles. Travelers who strolled to their trains along terra cotta tile floors with their inlaid marble strips walked beside extravagant interior walls designed with both travertine marble and early models of acoustical tiles.

Passengers could visit the famous Harvey House restaurant, located in the southern area of the main building. Designed by famous Southwestern architect Mary Coulter, it was the last of this line of restaurants to be constructed in a passenger terminal.

Within just a few years of opening, Los Angeles Union Station transformed into a bustling 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hive of activity with as many as 100 troop trains carrying tens of thousands of servicemen through the terminal every day during World War II.

But the war ended and so did the rush of passengers, as air and automobile travel became the vogue through the next several decades. By the 1970s, Santa Fe's legendary Super Chief and El Capitan, the Southern Pacific's Sunset Limited and Daylight, and the Union Pacific's City of Los Angeles vanished from the rails.

In 1980, the station was entered into the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently, Los Angeles Union Station is linked to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza, which opened in 1995, and offers transit connections to destinations throughout Los Angeles. It also serves as the primary regional hub for Amtrak’s 36 daily trains and Metrolink’s five-county commuter train service, and as a transfer point for Metro’s Red, Purple and Gold Lines.

In April 2011, Metro completed the acquisition of the Los Angeles Union Station property, including 38 acres and 5.9 million square feet of development rights. Metro will oversee future development of the terminal to meet local office, retail, entertainment and residential needs, as well as Southern California’s evolving transportation system. Activity at the Los Angeles Union Station is expected to surge as expansion of Metro’s system connects more lines into the station.

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Los Angeles Union Station - Overview

Historic Union Station is the most accessible destination in Los Angeles and one of the county's busiest and most beautiful transit hubs. Built in 1939, the station houses multiple transportation providers offering local, regional and long distance service. Travelers passing through Union Station will enjoy its authentic Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Moderne architecture and contemporary amenities. For passengers with longer layovers, historic sites and sightseeing opportunities await within and immediately outside its doors.

Metro is planning updates to the historic station; more information on the Union Station Master Plan here.

Location and Hours

Union Station
800 North Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Union Station is open to the public daily 4am - 1am. Tenants and retail hours vary. Please contact each business directly for hours.

Between 1am and 4am, ticketed passengers and those persons with lawful transportation purposes will be directed to a designated seating/lounge area. Those persons without authorization or permission to remain in Union Station or on the facility property will be required to leave the premises. (LACMTA Code, Section 6-05-120 369i PC)

Parking Information

Union Station – East (Metro Headquarters )
Metro Headquarters garage parking:

  • Garage is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
  • $2.00 every 15 min. $8.00 maximum.
  • Cash and credit card payments accepted.
  • Long term parking is available. Parking a vehicle for more than three days requires a form be filled out and turned into the parking office. Maximum time allowed for parking in the garage is 30 days.
  • EV Connect electric vehicle charging stations are also available in this garage on level P2 in Areas D and H. 

Union Station - West
Lot B short term parking:

  • $2.00 every 15 minutes. $16.00 maximum.
  • Cash and credit card payments accepted.
  • Open from 4:00am to midnight every day.
  • No overnight parking.

Lot D short term parking:

  • $2.00 every 15 minutes. $16.00 maximum.
  • Cash and credit card payments accepted.
  • Open from 6:00am to 10:00pm every day.
  • No overnight parking.

Los Angeles Union Station - Retail & Dining

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