The future of Union Station — take Metro’s online survey!

Photo by Pedro Szekely, via Flickr creative commons

One of the more exciting things going on is Metro’s purchase of Union Station in April 2011. With this purchase, Metro kicked off an effort to develop a Master Plan to make it a 21st century transit station.

Metro is giving you the chance to chime in on this effort through an online survey available now through February 4th. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!!

A few fun facts for you to consider:

•Union Station opened in 1939.

•About 6,000 people used the station on a daily basis during its rookie year.

•Roughly 60,000 people pass through Union Station each day in 2013.

•In 2020, that’s projected to rise to 100,000 people a day with the completion of the Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa, the Expo Line to Santa Moncia and the Regional Connector that will tie together the Gold, Blue and Expo lines. There remains the possibility that high-speed rail one day might arrive at Union Station.

What should be done to ensure that Union Station has an appropriate mix of options onsite while also providing an excellent transit experience? It only takes a minute or two to fill out the survey to include your “vision” for the West’s classiest train station!

If you’re around Union Station, you may also see people with paper surveys available.

12 thoughts on “The future of Union Station — take Metro’s online survey!

  1. I agree with bzzzt.

    I’m not a Metrolink or Amtrak user right now, but I often see their riders lost in the main tunnel. Not the regulars. These are intermittent and weekend riders. They are always asking others where do they go to catch the train to x y or z. People are helpful, but the occurence is far to frequent to let it continue without doing anything. The main hall needs improved signage. And, a waiting area by the entrances to Metrolink platforms, but not in the main hall. Could be underneath existing track or platform areas… Like a mezzanine area.

    The Gold Line entrance needs to be bigger. It is far too crowded between the elevators and ticketing machines. Could an additional platform and hallway entrance be constructed on the west side of the current one so that riders can exit either side? Also, a new direct hallway entrance from the Gold Line entrance area to the Red Line entrance could dramatically cut down on walking time between the two. Why do people need to walk by a pretzel stand or really… To the extreme ends of the Red Line platforms? Couldn’t there be a mid-station entrance to the Red?

    Personally, I hate the east end of the tunnel. Specifically, by the fish tanks. The ceiling is too low. Looks dark and dank. Not welcoming. Could the floor be blown out to sink that area lower and made more welcoming. It currently looks like only parking is beneath that area. No one will cry if a few parking spaces are lost. Further, maybe some eatery could be created there. Or, maybe a waiting area like on the west end.

    At night, the area on the east end by the high ceiling… Far too dark. Was the area designed with night-time riders in mind? That area needs a lot more lighting.

  2. Was the last major train station built in The U.S. from nothing. As Art Leahy is oft to remind us, the station was quiet and empty before 1992.

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