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Link Union Station (Link US)

Link Union Station (Link US)

Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is Southern California’s primary transportation hub, connecting multiple counties with a combined population exceeding 20 million people. By 2040, ridership through LAUS is forecasted to increase from roughly 110,000 to more than 200,000 passenger trips each weekday.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is evaluating the Link Union Station (Link US) project to address the forecasted increase in ridership, expand regional rail connectivity, and create potential opportunities for transit-oriented development. Link US plans to transform LAUS into a modern transit and mobility hub offering an improved passenger experience to meet the region’s long-term transportation needs.

Key components of Link US include:

  • New rail communication, signals, and tracks
  • New run-through tracks over US-101 and new loop track
  • New expanded passenger concourse, platforms, escalators, and elevators
  • Accommodation of High-Speed Rail with a new lead track, optimized throat and railyard

Project Components Aerial Map

The project will transform LAUS from a “stub-end,” or dead-end station, to a “run-through” station by extending tracks south over the US-101 freeway. Currently, as a “stub-end” station, all commuter and intercity trains enter and exist LAUS through a five-track “throat” or station entry tracks located north of the station. This results in a 20-minute or longer idle time for trains at the station platform area. Transforming the existing stub-end tracks to run-through tracks is anticipated to reduce train idling times.

The Link US Team is comprised of a number of agency partners all working collaboratively to make this project a success. Although Metro is spearheading the project, other federal, state, regional, and local agencies have a responsibility to advise and provide feedback throughout the project. These agency partners include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA, also known as Metrolink), Amtrak, Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, Caltrans, and the City of Los Angeles.

Approximately 110,000 passenger trips are made through LAUS each weekday. Forecasted population and employment growth will create additional demand on bus and rail resulting in over 200,000 passenger trips through LAUS each weekday by 2040, not including trips from the future California High-Speed Rail services.

Link US enables LAUS to accommodate future demands by increasing peak capacity, improving regional rail connectivity, and providing connections to more transportation options. Link US will also provide an improved passenger experience by reducing travel times and improving access and circulation.

Anticipated Project benefits include:

  • Improved intrastate, intercity, and local transit connectivity with High-Speed Rail; Metrolink, Amtrak, and Metro rail; Metro and municipal bus systems; and ridesharing platforms
  • Improved regional connectivity with one seat rides to key destinations in Southern California
  • Increased rail service capacity to accommodate future demand
  • Reduced train idling times resulting in shorter wait times and fuel savings and emissions reductions per train
  • Creation of future retail and transit-serving amenities and other transit-oriented development
  • Generation of an estimated 4,500 temporary jobs per year over a 5-year construction period and 200+ permanent jobs
  • Enhanced passenger experience with new concourse, retail and other amenities and new expanded platforms
  • Improved pedestrian access with enhanced mobility options and safety features
  • Improved US-101 and local roadways

Concourse Design Options

Link US proposes a new expanded passenger concourse that will provide potential opportunities for a wide array of retail and transit-serving amenities, transforming LAUS into a world-class transit and mobility hub for visitors, tourists, and our communities. As envisioned, the new passenger concourse would connect with the Patsaouras Bus Plaza to the east with the historic Union Station to the west.

There are two passenger concourse options under study that would allow passengers to access the train platforms from either an above-grade or at-grade concourse. The at-grade passenger concourse option would be located below the rail yard. The above-grade passenger concourse option would be located above the rail yard and includes a new  expanded passageway  providing passengers travel-path convenience similar to that offered by the at-grade option. The environmental document will analyze the two concourse options.

Archived concourse options videos

Feedback is welcome on these two concourse options under study - please contact the project team at:

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are being prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to comply with state and federal environmental requirements, respectively. The Link US Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for public review from January 17 to March 4, 2019. See Meetings tab for more information regarding the public hearing and release of the Draft EIR.

There are three alternatives under study: a Proposed Project, a Build Alternative, and a No Project/No Build Alternative.

1. Proposed Project

  • Up to 10 run-through tracks over US-101
  • High-Speed Rail trains would operate on two shared lead tracks with Regional/Intercity trains
  • One new additional lead track in the “Throat” area (six lead tracks total)
  • Above-grade passenger concourse with new expanded passageway

Proposed Project

2. Build Alternative

  • Up to 10 run-through tracks over US-101
  • High-Speed Rail trains would operate on separate (dedicated) lead tracks
  • Two new additional lead tracks in the “Throat” area (seven lead tracks total)
  • At-grade passenger concourse

Build Alternative - Up to 10 New Run-Through Tracks with Shared Tracks

3. No Project/No Build Alternative

  • Assumes LAUS and the existing stub-end tracks remain as-is.

Link US Project Development Overview

The Link US project is in the early planning stages. We are currently preparing environmental studies and conceptual engineering for the project. Completion of the design will take place once the project is environmentally cleared to proceed into the final design stage. Ongoing public engagement will occur within each phase.

Anticipated Project Development Process

  • Early Planning
  • Draft Environmental Studies and Conceptual Engineering (current status)
  • Final Environmental Clearance
  • Final Design
  • Construction
  • Open for Service

Environmental Schedule

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Stage 1 Spring 2016 Notice of Preparation
30-Day Public Scoping Period
Public Scoping meeting
Stage 2 Spring 2016 - Fall 2018 Detailed project description
Technical studies
Stage 3 Winter - Spring 2019 Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
45-day Public Comment Period (January 17 to March 4, 2019)
Public Hearing: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6-8pm (Metro Headquarters, Board Room, 3rd Floor)
Stage 4 Summer 2019 Final Environmental Document
Board certification

Thank you for your interest in the Link Union Station Project!

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) appreciates your input in this early phase of the project development process. We are grateful for your involvement and comments as we determine the optimal realization of this project for our customers, regional transit riders and the communities we serve. Thank you again for your input and we look forward to continuing the conversation as we work together to transform LAUS into a world-class station.

The public comment period for the Link US Draft Environmental Document closed at 5:00 PM on March 4, 2019. All comments related to environmental topics will be addressed in the Final EIR.

Link Union Station – Draft Environmental Impact Report

Link US DEIR (complete document, 23mb)
Link US DEIR (complete appendices, 68mb)

Individual sections are also available below

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