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Metro to Hold a Virtual Public Scoping Meeting for the Link US Project on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Monday October 05, 2020

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invites the public to participate on Thursday, October 8, 2020, in a virtual public scoping meeting for the Link Union Station (Link US) Project as part of the NEPA environmental review.

The Link US Project will transform how regional rail operates in Southern California with run-through track capability and the ability to accommodate a new high-speed rail service. Link US will modernize Los Angeles Union Station into a world class transit and mobility hub, offering improved passenger experience to help meet the region’s long-term transportation needs.

At the scoping meeting the public will have the opportunity to:Learn about the Link US Project and the proposed improvements to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Malabar Yard located in the City of Vernon.

  • Become informed about the NEPA environmental review process
  • Provide your comments on the scope of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6–8 p.m.

Live Presentation: 6–6:30 p.m.

Public Comments: 6:30–8 p.m.

Call-in Number: 669.900.9128

Web Link: https://bit.ly/33aUWj6 Webinar ID: 824 7060 0907 Passcode: 454631

A virtual open house (metro.net/linkus) has been made available to the public throughout the 30-day public comment period that began on September 18 and will last through October 19. Learn more about this important project at your convenience at the link above.

Link US Project Update

In July 2019 Metro completed the CEQA environmental clearance on the Link Union Station (Link US) project. Based on available funding to date of approximately $950 million, the Link US project will be implemented in two phases, Phase A and Phase B. Phase A of the project will include two new run-through tracks on a new viaduct that will accommodate up to nine run-through tracks over the US-101 freeway, as well as right of way acquisition, utility relocation, street improvements, and active transportation improvements. Phase A of the Link US project is funded and will enhance transit connectivity in the Southern California region and is the first step toward bringing high-speed rail to Los Angeles.

Phase B is the full build-out of the Link US project which is currently not funded. Phase B will significantly increase rail service capacity at Los Angeles Union Station by up to 60% to accommodate the planned growth of commuter and inter-city rail services along with the future California high-speed rail service.

Metrolink, in collaboration with Metro, is constructing signal and communication and rail modernization improvements at Los Angeles Union Station in coordination with the Link US project.

For additional information about the Link US Project, please visit the project website at metro.net/linkus or call (213) 922-2524.

Comments can be submitted verbally and digitally during the virtual public scoping meeting. Comments may also be submitted anytime during the 30-day scoping period by U.S. mail to Vincent Chio, Project Manager, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-17-02, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or by the project’s information hotline at: (213) 922-2524. or via the project e-mail address at: linkunionstation@metro.net ADA Language Accommodation: Spanish and Chinese translation will be provided. All requests for other translations must contact Metro at least three working days (72 hours) prior to the virtual scheduled meeting date at the project information line (213) 922-2524 or California Relay Service at 711.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.

Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the  COVID-19 pandemic.

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