LA Metro releases environmental impact draft on Union Station project

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LA Metro officials want to improve access to the station and provide more civic space for commuters as part of its Union Station improvement plan.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
LOS ANGELES — Plans to modernize and improve Los Angeles Union Station are moving forward after the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its draft environmental impact report for the project this week.

The project looks to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access to and from Union Station and re-establish the connection between the station and nearby communities. The drafted report reviews all environmental criteria, such as the aesthetics of the project, land use, recreation, and how the accessibility changes compliment existing traffic partners and roadways.

The latest report outlines specific findings for the Union Station Forecourt and the Alameda Esplanade components of the project. The agency wants to re-do the station’s main entrance area with a better roadway crossings, shaded areas, enhanced parking options, and other aesthetic improvements.

Those interested in the project will have until Sept. 25 to comment on the draft environmental impact report. A public workshop will be held at agency headquarters at One Gateway Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m on Sept. 13 to discuss details of the project.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited, and Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station, in addition to Metrolink commuter rail trains and LA Metro subway and light rail trains.

See the news release online.

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