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. 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, world-class transit and mobility hub, offering an improved passenger experience to meet the region’s long-term transportation needs.
As a part of the project, Metro is coordinating with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to accommodate future high-speed rail (HSR) service at LAUS. Metro proposes the Link US project to transform LAUS from a “stub end tracks station” into a “run through tracks station” with a new passenger concourse that would accommodate forecasted increases in passengers, transportation demands in the region and reducing train idling times.
Key components of the Link US project include:
- New rail communication, signals and tracks infrastructure
- New run-through tracks (including the possibility of a loop track) south of LAUS and of US-101
- Proposed components to the existing passenger concourse, platforms, including new escalators and elevators and canopies
- Accommodation of HSR with a new lead track
The Link US team comprises a number of agency partners 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 CHSRA, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), 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 Cities of Los Angeles.