Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan
Metro purchased Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) in 2011 and shortly thereafter initiated a master planning process that established a series of short to long term goals for the station. Over a two year period, informed by extensive stakeholder engagement, the Union Station Master Plan was informed by three programmatic goals: transit optimization, creating a great destination, and improved connectivity.
In 2015, Metro released Transforming Los Angeles Union Station, a Summary Report , a synopsis of the two-year master planning process, including substantial data analysis, stakeholder engagement, key findings, alternatives analysis, and final recommendations. In November 2016, staff updated the Metro Board of Directors on implementation activities and an updated approach to redevelopment at Los Angeles Union Station.
The Link Union Station (Link US) project, formerly known as the Southern California Regional Interconnector Project (SCRIP), is a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) project designed to meet the long-term regional rail needs at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) by allowing the station to function more efficiently and providing a better overall passenger experience.
A new transit busway station for the Metro Silver Line and other transit buses operating on the El Monte Busway. The design will place the busway south of Patsaouras Transit Plaza, in the median of the El Monte Busway next to US-101. The new busway station will allow buses travelling in both directions to serve Union Station with a minimum delay for passengers traveling to other destinations.
Metro is preparing a Request for Interest and Qualifications (RFIQ) for a Master Commercial Developer for 12 Metro-owned sites, totaling in 9-acres at Los Angeles Union Station.
LAUS/Civic Center Exploratory Taskforce
In October 2016 and April 2017 the Metro Board of Directors and the City of Los Angeles City Council , respectively, approved actions that called for the creation of the Union Station/Civic Center Exploratory Taskforce (Taskforce). The Taskforce includes participation from Metro, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), the City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles. The Taskforce will engage with stakeholders to identify and pursue broader district goals focused on equitable transit oriented communities.
Active Transportation and Connectivity
The Connect US Action Plan was developed to improve historical and cultural connections in downtown Los Angeles by enhancing pedestrian and bicycle travel options through and between communities.
The Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt Improvements (formerly the Stage One Perimeter Improvements of the Union Station Master Plan) reestablish the connection between Union Station and surrounding communities to provide a better passenger experience and connectivity for residents, visitors and workers in the Downtown LA area. Environmental Clearance is currently underway and the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was released January 16, 2018.
The Cesar E Chavez Bus Stop Improvements project will add amenities at four locations near Union Station on Cesar E Chavez Avenue between Alameda Street and Vignes Street to help improve the ridership experience and strengthen connections to other modes of transit throughout the area. Project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019.
The Metro Bike Hub at Union Station opened on November 15, 2017. The facility provides 24/7 secure access, customer support, bike parts and accessory sales, repair services, clinics and a self-service bike repair stand with air pump.
Launched its Downtown Los Angeles Pilot in Summer 2016 with 750 bicycles and 61 stations. One of the most actively used stations is located at Union Station .