The Master Plan process is moving along. In June, Metro picked an architectural firm to guide the process (here’s a post) and now there’s a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, to discuss the work that has been done in the past few months — and the work soon to be done.
Here’s the meeting announcement from Metro:
After purchasing Union Station last year, Metro is making plans to upgrade the station to a world class transit facility. The Master Plan will create a careful blueprint for growth that honors the rich history of the station and surrounding communities and enhances the transit rider and visitor experience. Union Station property is permitted to have up to 6 million square feet of development — and Metro encourages your involvement in planning the future for Union Station.
We hope that you can join us to learn more and provide comments at an upcoming community meeting:
Tuesday, December 4, 2012: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Metro Headquarters Building
3rd Floor Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, we will be streaming live online here. In the meantime, learn more by visiting LA Union Station Master Plan online and joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
The LA Union Station Master Plan Project Team
Spanish and Mandarin translation services will be provided at the meeting.
ADA Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for MTA-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please telephone the project information line at 213.922.3443 or California Relay Service at 711.
Thanks to Metro for streaming this meeting online. This should be standard policy going forward. It even allowed for viewers to ask questions. I only caught the first 45 minutes or so. Is the presentation available online for re-viewing? That should also be the norm going forward. Really liked what I heard up to the point I had to take off.
Thanks to Metro staff for a great event! Was very informative and plenty of opportunities to comment at breakout sessions.
No to rental car facilities; they take up too much space and you don’t need a car to get around. We’re supposed to be encouraging mass transit use, not car use.
Yes for rent a bicycle facilities. They take up less space on the roads and they’re smaller so cheaper to build facilities for. You can built a 10,000 bicycle facility with way less land space and much cheaper than a 10,000 car rental car facility which can cost millions to build.
For those that want to travel somewhere, they can share a cab or use a shared ride van.
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The first thing that needs to be done is to fully air-condition the station. From June through September, the peak travel months, the station, as beautiful and historic as it is, is a real sweat box. How sad that such a potentially world class facility can’t even be comfortable to the thousands of people who want to use it.
Rental Cars and plenty of affordable parking.
The link to ” LA Union Station Master Plan online” appears to be broken and would be useful for review.
Recommendation: A bike station with bike storage facilities, storage generally, showers, bike repairs, and connections/education opportunities.
Have Greyhound and long distance bus terminals on the site.
Make it a transportation center.
(1) Rental cars. Full-time rental car facilities.
(3) More waiting room space A first-class lounge would help.
(5) And of course, more trains going more directions.
Don’t get suckered into the “train station as excuse for random sports-oriented project” trap.