Planning underway for Silver Line station at Patsaouras Transit Plaza

The final design by EE&K Architects evolved from a design charrette held at Metro in March. The challenge was to take the south-facing boundary of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza that edged along the 101 freeway and create a first class transit experience for commuters. The final result is a true gateway that leads commuters along a trellised pedestrian promenade from the plaza, descending into a landscaped, covered and brightly-lit boarding area.

The final design by EE&K Architects evolved from a design charrette held at Metro in March. The challenge was to take the south-facing boundary of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza that edged along the 101 freeway and create a first class transit experience for commuters. The final result is a true gateway that leads commuters along a trellised pedestrian promenade from the plaza, descending into a landscaped, covered and brightly-lit boarding area.

The Silver Line, the new transit service that runs on dedicated busways along the I-10 and I-110 between the El Monte Station and the Artesia Transit Center, opened just 11 months ago.

Now plans are underway to build a new station for the Silver Line at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The new station will complete a transit center troika for the Silver Line, providing connections to Metro bus and rail service, as well as to Metrolink commuter rail service and Amtrak at Union Station.

This makes the Silver Line the only transit service that allows for transfers to all five Metro Rail lines — the Red, Purple and Gold lines at Union Station, the Blue Line at 7th/Metro Center and the Green Line at the Harbor Freeway. The rail lines, in turn, provide service to communities such as Long Beach, North Hollywood, East Los Angeles, Pasadena and Redondo Beach, to name a few.

The station, essentially a horizontal pathway that extends 600 feet from the plaza along the 101 freeway and across the freeway entrance at Vignes Street, will be constructed at the south end of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza facing the I-101 freeway. Photo by Gary Leonard.

The station, essentially a horizontal pathway that extends 600 feet from the plaza along the 101 freeway and across the freeway entrance at Vignes Street, will be constructed at the south end of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza facing the I-101 freeway. Photo by Gary Leonard.

The new station is one of the key components of the ExpressLanes project, which also includes the new two-level $45-million El Monte Station expansion now under construction and improvements to the Artesia Transit Center. ExpressLanes is a pilot project undertaken by Metro, Caltrans and and other agencies to convert existing carpool lanes on parts of the 10 and 110 into toll lanes for some motorists to try to reduce traffic congestion.

The cost of construction for the Union Station Silver Line station is about $15 million. If bids go out in January as scheduled, construction could begin in early 2011. It will take approximately 18 months from the start of construction to complete.

11 thoughts on “Planning underway for Silver Line station at Patsaouras Transit Plaza

  1. Based on the design I don’t see it. Remember that the busway is already opposite-side configured (westbound traffic on the south side, eastbound traffic on the north side) anyway. If I recall, the busway riders will be funneled into a underpass under the existing eastbound lanes of the busway. Now, this is basically a bunch of stair climbing for nothing, similar to when I need to get to the Red Line platforms from the east side – I disregard the signs and walk through the parking garage, instead of walking up the hill and back down the stairs. Although the old Union Station access used to be atrocious, with the MWD building there the walk from the Silver Line station to Union Station is OK. If this station ends up getting dropped due to cost overruns elsewhere, no one will feel the loss.

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