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Connect US Action Plan (formerly LA Union Station and 1st/Central Linkages Study)

The Connect US Action Plan (formerly Union Station and 1st/Central Station Linkages Study) was developed to improve historical and cultural connections in downtown Los Angeles by enhancing pedestrian and bicycle travel options through and between communities. At the center of the study is access to Los Angeles Union Station, a regional transportation hub for numerous rail, bus and shuttle services, and the future Regional Connector station at 1st/Central.

The Connect US Action Plan (“Plan”) includes a neighborhood-level assessment of arterial and collector streets, with an emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian mobility. The study is centered around a community-driven process to identify implementable public improvements that can create connections and pathways between and through downtown neighborhoods. The Plan provides a community-prioritized list of improvement projects to strengthen bicycle and pedestrian (active transportation) connectivity between communities, and destinations and public transit.

The Connect US Action Plan objectives are to:

  • Create connections between Union Station and the cultural/historic sites in the surrounding neighborhoods by means of a clear primary route;
  • Develop a plan for enhancing access on foot or bicycle between the 1st/Central Station, Little Tokyo and the Arts District;
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle linkages to/from Union Station to the destinations within each neighborhood and between neighborhoods;
  • Promote improvements that convey the unique identity of each neighborhood and street;
  • Create a sustainable Action Plan for implementation that has clear jurisdictional responsibility.

The Plan is closely coordinated with Metro’s Union Station Master Plan and Regional Connector projects.

The Connect US Action Plan is a joint effort between Metro and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and was developed in collaboration with various City of Los Angeles and County departments and agencies through the project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The Connect US Action Plan (62 mb) can be downloaded here or download by section (smaller file sizes) here:

The Linkages Study area includes the following neighborhoods in and adjacent to downtown Los Angeles:

  • Arts District
  • Boyle Heights
  • Chinatown
  • Cornfields Arroyo Seco
  • El Pueblo
  • Little Tokyo
  • Civic Center
  • LA River (portions surrounding Union Station)
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The Connect US Action Plan planning process took place between the Summer of 2013 and Summer of 2014. Key stakeholder outreach was coordinated through a Community Council (CC), the Regional Connector Community Leadership Council (RCCLC) and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which comprise city partners, community and business leaders, state and local agency representatives, and other interested parties to ensure diversity of stakeholders represented.

A series of Neighborhood Conversations, which are discussions with community stakeholder groups, were held throughout the study process. A public Visioning Festival took place at El Pueblo on November 2, 2013 where stakeholders had an opportunity to bring up specific issues and share ideas.

These were augmented with a series of additional meetings that allowed the team to develop design concepts and vet them with key community and City stakeholders, resulting in the final design concepts in the Connect US Action Plan.

Key Project Milestones

Summer 2013 Project preparation
Background research and analysis
Fall 2013 Community Council Meeting #1
RCCLC 1st/Central Station Area Committee Meeting #1
Community “Visioning Festival”
Neighborhood Conversations Round #1
Develop list of design concepts
Winter 2013 Community Council Meeting #2
RCCLC 1st/Central Station Area Committee Meeting #2
Neighborhood Conversations Round #2
Spring 2014 Community Open House
Summer 2014 Community Council/Neighborhood/RCCLC Meeting #3 (present the plan)
Winter 2014 Develop draft Action Plan
Fall 2015

Connect US Action Plan finalized and available for download

Transmit to City of Los Angeles and other public entities who will advance funding applications and assist with implementation

Federal Transit Administration TIGER Grant funding secured for select Connect US Action Plan Arts District/Little Tokyo projects (Eastside Access Improvements).

Caltrans ATP Cycle 2 funding secured for the Alameda Esplanade (Arcadia to Cesar E. Chavez Avenue).

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