The Draft Environmental Impact Report for Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project was released Thursday. The report can be read here. Public comment is being accepted from today through March 4 and a public hearing is being held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the third floor Board Room at Metro headquarters, adjacent to Union Station.
The Link US project will change how the regional rail system (Metrolink and Amtrak) operates in Los Angeles Union Station by converting the “stub-end tracks station” into a “run-through tracks station” that will increase train capacity and provide one-seat rides from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.
In addition, the Link US project will accommodate a new high speed rail system, include a new above-the-tracks passenger concourse with retail and passenger amenities and a new expanded passageway. All these elements should improve the passenger experience, accommodate future growth and transportation demands in the region and transform Los Angeles Union Station to a world class multi-modal transit station.
Metro encourages the public to review and provide input on the Draft EIR during the 45-day public review period that ends March 4. Metro will respond to these comments in the Final EIR. All public comments must be received by 5 p.m. on March 4 to ensure incorporation into the Final EIR. Formal comments can be submitted via:
•Public Hearing: Comment Card or Court Reporter
•Project Email: LinkUnionStation@metro.net
•Project Website Comment Form: metro.net/linkus
•Mail: Metro, One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-17-2, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Attn: Vincent Chio, Link US Deputy Project Manager)
Here’s a project fact sheet in English and Spanish: