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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. 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.

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 at LAUS.

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 proposed modified expanded passageway, retail and other amenities and new expanded platforms
  • Improved pedestrian access with enhanced mobility options and safety features
  • Improved US-101 and local roadway

Concourse Design Options

Link US 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. The proposed concourse improvements would connect the Patsaouras Bus Plaza to the east with the historic Union Station to the west.

Draft EIR

Two passenger concourse options were evaluated in the Draft EIR that would allow passengers to access the train platforms from either an above-grade or at-grade concourse. The proposed project included an above-grade passenger concourse with expanded passageway below the rail yard, and the build alternative included the at-grade passenger concourse, also located below the rail yard.

Final EIR

As a result of coordination with funding partners and public feedback during the public review of the Draft EIR, the loop track and above-grade passenger concourse were removed from the project. The expanded passageway located below the rail yard considered in the Draft EIR would be modified to provide transit-related retail, food and other amenities to create a world-class transit station and improve the passenger experience.

REVISED Concourse Video (Draft and Subject to Change)

Archived concourse options videos

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to comply with state environmental requirements respectively. CEQA environmental document has been completed and certified on June 27, 2019.

Document Availability
Electronic (CD) and paper copies of the Draft and Final EIR may be requested from the Records Management Center, Plaza Level, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Hard copies of the Executive Summary and CD copies of the entire Draft and Final EIR with accompanying appendices will also be available for public viewing at the following locations:

Central Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(Hard copy of Executive Summary available in English and Spanish)

Chinatown Branch Library
639 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Hard copy of Executive Summary available in English, Spanish, and Chinese)

Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
2200 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(Hard copy of Executive Summary available in English and Spanish)

Lincoln Heights Branch Library
2530 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(Hard copy of Executive Summary available in English, Spanish, and Chinese)

Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Hard copy of Executive Summary available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese)

LA Union Station/Metro Library
One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Hard copy of the Draft and Final EIR and appendices available in English and hard copy of Executive Summary in English and Spanish)

Link Union Station – Draft Environmental Impact Reports (EIR)

The Link US Draft EIR was available for public review and comment from January 17 through March 4, 2019.

Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is underway pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to comply with federal environmental requirements respectively.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is the NEPA lead agency for the Link US Project together with Metro as the project sponsor.

Please check back later for more status updates on the NEPA process.

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