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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) purchased the iconic downtown Los Angeles Union Station in 2011 and shortly thereafter initiated the preparation of the Union Station Master Plan. Gruen Associates was selected as the prime consultant, with Grimshaw Architects as the design lead to prepare the Union Station Master Plan.

The master planning process took place between 2012 and 2014 and was informed by several stakeholder meetings, workshops, and presentations to the Metro Board of Directors. The Master Plan includes three programmatic goals:

  • Transit optimization
  • Creating a great destination
  • 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, final recommendations and an implementation strategy.