The Cesar Chavez Transit Pavilion on the southeast corner of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street opened to the public this morning. The pavilion is just across the street from Union Station’s East Portal and is a major improvement over the previous bus stop that was basically a collection of signs and sidewalk.
The new transit pavilion improves the customer experience and the safety of bus riders with bus shelters, a Metro Bike station and sustainability features. It is a popular stop for riders on several Metro bus lines, including Lines 68, 70, 71, 78, 79, 378 and 770. The corner is the second most active bus stop in the Union Station campus, seeing a combined total of 6,000 daily boardings.
The $3.995-million project was funded in part by an FTA Ladders of Opportunity Grant. Metro funding included sustainability elements such as solar panels built into shade structures along with the integration of native, drought-tolerant landscaping and storm water capture system. Construction on the project started in December 2019 — below is a video made during construction.
Another major bus improvement will be arriving soon: a new platform for the J Line (Silver) and other bus routes that is safer and closer to Union Station.