Link Union Station (Link US)
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.
Link US is made up of several key components, including:
- New run-through tracks over the US-101 freeway to provide one-seat rides to major destinations in Southern California
- Reconfiguration of the “throat” (station entry tracks) and “rail yard” (station arrival and boarding area)
- A new passenger concourse with retail, food services, passenger waiting areas, and other amenities
- Accommodation of future transportation options, including the West Santa Ana Branch Light Rail Transit Corridor project and California High-Speed Rail (HSR)
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, resulting in reduced passenger wait times. The project will also add a new loop track that will provide improved operational flexibility for rail service. Additionally, Link US includes the development of a new passenger concourse with a wide array of retail amenities to further enhance the passenger experience at LAUS. These modifications will significantly enhance the station’s efficiency and enable LAUS to continue to serve as a major hub for local, regional, and interstate transportation.
Link US will allow LAUS to meet future transportation demands and provide one-seat rides to regional destinations. The Link US Team is working together with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, and Amtrak to ensure community needs are addressed.
A new Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is anticipated to be released in the First Quarter of 2018.
A Final EIS/EIR will be prepared, with certification of an expected Record of Decision (ROD)/EIR Certification by the Fourth Quarter of 2018. This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
- Increase rail service capacity to accommodate future demands
- Improve transit connectivity for local, regional, and interstate rail service; Metro heavy rail (Red and Purple Lines) and light rail (Gold Line); and Metro and municipal bus systems
- Improve regional rail connectivity by providing one-seat rides from Ventura to Anaheim and San Bernardino to Los Angeles
- Improve pedestrian access and functionality of the platforms and enhance passenger experience with a new concourse and retail amenities
- Make LAUS a regional destination for visitors, tourists, and residents
The Link US project includes a new expanded passenger concourse to improve pedestrian circulation and provide amenities such as retail, food services, passenger waiting areas and other transit-serving amenities.
There are two proposed concepts under consideration for this concourse; the videos below provide an overview of each.
At-grade concourse concept
Above-grade concourse concept
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