New PowerPoint presentation available for Union Station Master Plan with some nice graphics and maps

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Above is a new presentation on the ongoing Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan process.

The presentation was prepared for use at a Metro Board of Directors workshop on the Master Plan that is being held Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Most of the information in the presentation has been released before. Still, the document has some new visuals that neatly explain the four draft alternatives that Metro staff are studying.

Metro purchased Union Station in 2011 from the private firm that owned it. The idea behind the Master Plan is to preserve the historic nature of Union Station while also finding ways to accommodate a growing number of transit users and preparing for the planned high-speed rail project.

As the presentation shows, Metro staff have indicated their recommendation for a north-south bus terminal and east-west passenger concourse. The Metro Board is scheduled to consider the different approaches at their October meeting. Staff will then proceed to refine those approaches with the Board considering a final plan in the fall of 2014.


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8 replies

  1. When this process started there was a suggestion or two to teardown the LA County jail and move them else and build on that land. One suggestion was to build a ball park where LA County jail sits today. Is that suggestion still in the mix?

    • Hey Warren;

      I was at the workshop the other day and Metro staff showed an alternative in which high-speed rail would come close to the jail but would not require it to be torn down. In fact, the county is planning a new jail at the location and a couple of supervisors made it clear that tearing down the jail was an absolute non-starter given the time and money that has been put into the facility — plus the additional difficulty of locating a jail site.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. I’m all for this project. These are the kind of infrastructure repair and replace projects that can create numerous desperately needed new jobs that will put Americans to work making living wages.

  3. […] The alternatives being considered (with a recommendation for one) are being presented to the Metro board this week. They basically consist of overhead views with boxes showing the possible orientation of a new passenger concourse and a new bus terminal. In the next stage, development is layered on, but with no real recommendations for types or sizes of development. When considering a master plan, I’d say this is incredibly important. (To take a look at what is being presented to the board this week, click here, and follow along.) […]

  4. Missed the public comment period after the last round… but as much as I’m for more parks in Downtown, I don’t think the wide open space in front of the station is a good idea. If the Mozaic Apartments have to go to eventually make room for the bus terminal, I’d like to see something else take its place on the corner of Alameda/Cesar Chavez. Something with diagonal visual and pedestrian access to the street corner would be nice.

    Union Station suffers from being disconnected already… it needs some urban fabric, not just open space, to connect it to the rest of Downtown. While I like the idea of a plaza directly in front of the station, I think the current Mozaic and First Five buildings frame it nicely, and would actually prefer to see a smaller building (one floor, restaurant/cafe with rooftop patio?) tighten the space a little more where immediately next to the Mozaic building in front of the station. This will still preserve the views and then the plaza directly in front of the station would be a perfect entry area, rather than a void open space pushing the station away from the city.