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LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade

Overview

The Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade project will enhance pedestrian and bicycle access and safety to and from Los Angeles Union Station and reestablish the connection between the station and surrounding communities.

Updates

Metro has prepared and released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), Statement of Overriding Considerations and Findings of Fact, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, which includes input received from public comment, for this project on January 16, 2018.

This Final EIR builds on the Draft EIR and includes Chapter 8: Response to Public Comment (Parts 1 and 2 below), Chapter 9: Revisions to the Draft EIR (Part 3 below) and revisions to some appendices related to traffic analysis (Parts 4-7 below). These documents, together with the Draft EIR and its appendices, constitute the environmental document for this project.

Part 1: Table of Contents and Chapter 8: Response to Comments

Part 2: Chapter 8 (Response to Comments) continued

Part 3: Chapter 9: Clarifications and Revisions to the Draft EIR

Part 4: Updates to Appendices H-1 Intersection Counts

Part 5: Updates to Appendices H-3 Unfunded Connect US Results

Part 6: Updates to Appendices H-4 Intersection Volumes and Geometries

Part 7: Updates to Appendices H-6 VISSAM (traffic analysis) Outputs

Statement of Overriding Considerations and Findings of Fact

Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program

Metro staff recommends proceeding with Alternative 3 , which includes a partial closure of Los Angeles Street, a restricted left-hand turn onto Alameda Street from Los Angeles Street, restricting tour bus parking on Arcadia Street to only off-peak hours and incorporating a two-way bike path within the extended El Pueblo Plaza on Los Angeles Street within the project boundaries. The Alameda Street and the Union Station Forecourt components would be consistent with the descriptions in the DEIR. More information on this alternative and the staff recommendation is available in the Statement of Overriding Considerations .

The FEIR, Alternative 3 as the Preferred Alternative, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Findings of Fact and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for this project are scheduled for review at the Metro Board Planning and Programming committee and consideration for approval by the Metro Board of Directors on the following dates:

Metro Planning and Programming Committee

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 2 pm
Metro Headquarters
One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor, Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Metro Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 9 am
Metro Headquarters
One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor, Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Project Elements

The proposed project is located in front of Los Angeles Union Station and on adjacent streets. The proposed improvements create a useable civic plaza, and provide enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connections between the station and surrounding businesses and communities.

LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade

The proposed project includes the following elements:

Alameda Esplanade and Forecourt Alameda Esplanade

  • On the east side of Alameda St, a pedestrian/bicycle path with shade trees;
  • New curb-side drop-off zone(s) on the east side of Alameda St, replacing one northbound vehicle travel lane;
  • On the west side of Alameda St, wider sidewalks in place of one southbound vehicle lane;

Los Angeles Crossing Los Angeles Crossing ( Staff Recommended Preferred Alternative 3 )

  • Closure of the northern lane of Los Angeles St between Alameda St and El Pueblo crosswalk;
  • Reconfigured driveway into Union Station, including a consolidated, expanded crosswalk between Union Station and El Pueblo Historic Cultural Monument;
  • Restricted left-hand turns from Los Angeles Street onto Alameda Street
  • Two-way bike path within the extended El Pueblo Plaza

Union Station Forecourt Union Station Forecourt

  • Reconfiguration of the parking lot at the front of Union Station, including addition of a civic space, sustainability components and a seating area;
  • Small structure to serve transit riders

Arcadia Street Arcadia Street

  • Designated parking for El Pueblo tourist bus at the curb along the eastern side of Arcadia St between Alameda St and Spring St.
  • In staff recommended Preferred Alternative 3, restrictions on tour bus parking during peak/rush hour.

Background

Metro initiated the environmental review process (California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)) for the Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements project in December 2016.  Metro has secured Active Transportation Program grant funds that contain federal monies, which will require compliance with NEPA. The California Department of Transportation, acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration serves as the Federal Lead Agency.

Metro released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) | Appendices for this project | Resumen Ejecutivo on August 11, 2017 via this Notice of Availability .

Metro held a public workshop on September 13, 2017, 6-8 pm at Metro Headquarters to provide information on the proposed improvements and accept comments on the Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements DEIR.

LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements DEIR Public Workshop Presentation --  September 13, 2017

The comment period on this Draft Environmental Impact Report closed on September 25, 2017.

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for this project is anticipated for Metro Board consideration in early 2018.

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