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Event Summary – “Union Station Master Plan Update”

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. 



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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. 



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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.


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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. 





Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for “UNION STATION MASTER PLAN UPDATE” on 1/14/15!


Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for this great event!





The Historic Terminal is
Propelled into the Future


UnionStn Rendering



Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Union Station has shaped the history of the Southern California region. Completion of the Union Station Master Plan, now under environmental review, will help shape the future.  

As the region’s transportation hub supporting multiple transit services and growth in the region, staged implementation of the Plan will improve multi-modal transit services, infrastructure, facilitate urban connections and guide investment and commerce.


Our guest speaker:

Elizabeth Carvajal
Transportation Planning Manager,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority




Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.


With one of the following selections:

Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.



Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID


Registration for this event has closed. 

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Union Station Event – Nov 2011 – Meeting Summary

Southern California Planning Congress Event – November 2011

“The Future of Union Station:
Who’s On Board and Where Are They Going?”

Meeting Summary

Project links:

The event began with a meet-and-greet in the Champagne Room at Taix French restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, before the presentation on the Union Station project. 






SCPC President, Dr. Julianna Delgado, opened the program by welcoming everyone in attendance and following dinner, introduced the evening’s speaker, Mr. Calvin Hollis, Executive Officer of Countywide Planning and Development for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)




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Mr. Hollis is one of the state’s leading authorities on redevelopment financing and has influenced successful public/private urban investment throughout California.  

After the presentation SCPC Vice President for Programs, Bob Fazio, provided some closing comments.



From the presentation, we learned about the scope of the forthcoming Union Station Master Plan and its focus on preserving the historic Union Station facility with additional focus on infill and reuse within designated parcels on the site.  Metro recently purchased Union Station from its former owner, Catellus, the real estate arm of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.  Metro now owns the historic buildings, the Metro Headquarters building, all of the planned development pads, and the railroad tracks from the platforms to the Los Angeles River.  Reuse of the adjacent former Denny’s restaurant parcel is also within the planning area. 

Ever wonder why the Metro Headquarters parking garage is so difficult to navigate?  Two development pads are located on top and the internal walls and columns were designed to support future buildings.

Mr. Hollis stressed that regarding future development plans, nothing is set in stone and nothing is “off the table,”with one firm exception, and that is the preservation of Union Station itself . Another item that needs to be considered is access by a future California High Speed Rail line.  The Plan would not necessarily rely on this project but it must facilitate a direct connection.  Other station improvements could include two-way rail access or a second level of platforms.  Union Station was not designed to handle multimodal transportation, nor was it designed to handle the current high level of pedestrian traffic resulting from an expanded regional transportation network. 



Progress on the project can be followed through the Metro Union Station project web site at:


In early December, a nationally organized Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel will convene to provide strategic advice regarding land use and planning policies for the area immediately surrounding Union Station and the master plan site. For more information, please visit the Urban Land Institute Union Station web page at: