Event Summary – “Union Station Master Plan Update”

Brian Marchetti | April 26, 2015 in 2015 | Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , ,


Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – January 2015

Union Station Master Plan Update:
The Historic Terminal is
Propelled into the Future

 

 

The January event was a follow-up of an earlier one on initial visioning for the Union Station Master Plan.  Now that the project is in a more advanced design stage, the event provided a good opportunity to learn more about the Plan’s progress. 

 

 

- Jan15 IMG_1619

 

- Jan15 IMG_1618

 

Bob Fazio, the SCPC Vice President of Programs, introduced the speaker and project, giving some background on Union Station and its prominence in Los Angeles history and in the current transportation network. 

 

 

- Jan15 IMG_1620

 

Guest speaker Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, gave an overview of the project’s status. She also went through in detail a video animation of the various project components and how they would overlap as implementation progresses.

 

- Jan15 IMG_1624

 

The project, in its current form, has the following goals:

  • Celebrate the site’s history
  • Improve the Union Station passenger experience
  • Create a great destination
  • Prepare for High Speed Rail

 

The project embraces and preserves the historical terminal/station building, while greatly improving the design, airiness, and physical pedestrian travel capacity of the main east-west circulation hall (which is currently a tunnel under the station tracks).  The station tracks will be raised to a second level to accommodate this improved circulation network.  The pedestrian pathways will be open to daylight in many areas and will include seating and services, improving upon the utilitarian nature of the current tunnel. 

Joint development will be promoted anew, to provide commercial office and other uses at this commuter hub.  High speed rail, if completed to the Union Station site, would be accommodated within an adjacent facility to the east. 

The project video illustrates how many of the new project elements would come together.  Project construction will potentially involve the removal of some existing buildings and facilities, including the east portal  adjacent to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza, and the Plaza itself.  A new centralized facility will be provided immediately to the east of the main station building, providing better vehicle and pedestrian access. 

 

 Metro Project Video

This video in this screenshot was produced by Metro for the project. 
The full video can be viewed here

 

We look forward to seeing this grand station develop into a less isolated and better-linked node in our transportation infrastructure.  The station is now in public hands and we hope it becomes a more welcoming complex for the community at large. 

For more information, visit the Master Plan project page.
The related linkages project, the Connect US Action Plan, has a separate project page. 

 

 

 

 


Comments are closed.