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LA Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements

Overview

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 reestablish the connection between the station and surrounding communities.

Upcoming Meetings

Metro, in partnership with the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, invites you to attend an upcoming design workshop for the Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements and Father Serra Park. Provide your input on the design of Father Serra Park and active transportation features along Alameda and Los Angeles Streets in downtown Los Angeles.

Community Design Workshop
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6pm to 8pm
Bizcaluz Gallery
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Public Transportation: This location is served by Metro Red, Purple, Gold and Silver Lines at Union Station. For your best route, use the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net .

Parking: Limited paid parking is available at the El Pueblo Parking Lot 2 located at 615 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

ADA Accommodations: All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities and are accessible by transit. ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 323.466.3876 at least 72 hours in advance.

Updates

On January 16, 2018, Metro released this project’s 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.

The FEIR, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Findings of Fact and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and Alternative 3 as the Preferred Alternative were recommended for approval by the Metro Board Planning and Programming Committee on February 14, 2018 and approved by the Metro Board of Directors on March 1, 2018.

Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements FEIR Board Report

March 1, 2018, Board Meeting Recap

Metro will advance the project's design in collaboration with stakeholders, with stakeholder meetings beginning in Spring 2018.

The 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 recommended 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 .

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 ( Board approved 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.

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