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Los Angeles Union Station Master Commercial Development

Metro owns approximately 47 contiguous acres encompassing the historic Los Angeles Union Station, the rail yard, associated transportation facilities, Metro’s headquarters, a bus plaza, surface and structured parking, and a nearby site currently leased to a restaurant.

Metro has been exploring the best approach to solicit a qualified Master Commercial Developer to plan, design, finance, construct, operate and maintain a high-intensity transit-oriented development program at Union Station inclusive of 12 opportunity sites, totaling approximately nine acres.

  • In October 2017, Metro held an Industry Forum (materials below) and a series of interviews to solicit the development community’s interest and recommendations on the best approach to advance a solicitation.  Metro received helpful feedback that will inform the solicitation.
  • In April 2018, Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation received an Unsolicited Proposal for an aerial tram to operate between Union Station and Dodger Stadium. Metro is still determining the path forward for this proposal, including where a tram station could be located.  This could impact commercial development opportunities.
  • In May 2018, the Metro Board of Directors approved two Northern Alignment alternatives for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project - Alterative E:  Union Station (Underground) and Alternative G: Downtown Transit Core (underground) - to proceed into the Draft EIS/EIR. In addition, two station location options at Union Station are being considered for Alternative E – the first in the Forecourt and the second behind the Metropolitan Water District.
  • The Link Union Station ( Link US ) project is in the environmental process. The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released on January 17, 2019 and the final EIR is anticipated to be completed in June 2019.

After much study and coordination, Metro will defer releasing the master commercial developer solicitation for at least one year to allow adequate time for these transit projects at Union Station to further advance and to better assess the resulting commercial development opportunities.

Union Station is the hub of Metro’s expanding transit system, so a Union Station commercial development program must be coordinated with active, planned projects to ensure a holistic integrated station that maximizes user experience and transit potential for the ever-expanding system.

Metro anticipates releasing the solicitation in 2020 to allow LAUS transit projects to be further defined, to fully explore the commercial development opportunities, and to better align the timing of commercial development with the active transit projects.

LAUS Industry Forum

Next Steps

Metro will inform stakeholders in advance of releasing the RFIQ. Please contact Elizabeth Carvajal at carvajale@metro.net with any questions or to be included on the email distribution list.

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