Planning work continues on the Link Union Station project that would add a new southern entrance/exit to Union Station for Metrolink and Amtrak trains and build a new expanded passenger concourse.
The concourse would replace the current tunnel under the Metrolink, Amtrak and Gold Line tracks. The tunnel can get very crowded, lacks any kind of passenger amenities and is a bit on the grim side of things — as regular users know.
There are two options for the concourse. One would sit above the tracks and the other would sit just below the tracks.
The first video (released last year and since revised) shows how a concourse above the tracks (“above grade” in planner speak) would connect with the new passenger platforms, historic Union Station, Patsaouras Bus Plaza and potential transit and retail amenities throughout the concourse:
This new video below shows the concept for a concourse just below the tracks, called the “at grade concourse concept” because the concourse is roughly the same level as Alameda and Vignes streets.
Both designs are draft conceptual renderings. Both will also be included and analyzed in the project’s draft environmental study, which is due for release later this year.
The Metro Board will eventually choose which concourse to build — a decision that won’t be made until after the public has a chance to read the draft study and provide comments.
A very important point worth noting: Link US is a project that would likely speed up regional rail travel and significantly increase Union Station’s capacity. It’s also an expensive project with an estimated cost of more than $2 billion. Metro still must secure a funding source for the project to be built and is doing engineering work to possibly reduce the cost.
Feel free to share your input on the passenger concourse options by sending comments to the Project Team at: email@example.com or by calling the project information line at 213.922.2524.
For more project information, please visit metro.net/linkus.