Read the Draft EIS/SEIR for the Link Union Station Project

Union Station is much more than a landmark. It’s the busiest train station in the Western United States and is also a vital transportation hub: an anchor for the state’s evolving commuter, regional rail, intercity, freight, light rail and subway systems. The station sits next to the US-101, and connects with the Metro A, B and D rail lines, the J rapid bus line, and over a dozen local bus routes. As our mobility needs evolve over time, Union Station will change too.   

That’s why we’ve devised a plan to make your journey through Union Station more seamless and hassle-free since the Link US environmental study began in Spring 2016. The Link Union Station Project (Link US for short) will include ‘run-through’ tracks at Union Station that will allow Metrolink and Amtrak trains (and future High-Speed Rail trains) to enter and exit the station from both the south and north. As of now, trains can only enter and exit from the north, forcing trains to pull in and then back out to continue toward their destinations. The project will eliminate this impediment by extending platform tracks from their current ends at Union Station, which will allow trains to cross above the US-101 and local streets to connect to mainline tracks along the west bank of the Los Angeles River. 

This will improve rail travel times and help reduce idling trains, making Metrolink and Amtrak operations at Union Station more efficient. The results? Think better service, more capacity, and less hassle.  

The benefits of this project will reach even further. Building these new tracks will also accommodate the state’s high-speed rail project to build a bullet train linking San Francisco to Southern California. That’s why we’re partnering with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on this project. We’re also working closely with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Amtrak, Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, and the California Department of Transportation. 

We know this project has been in the works for some time. This is because we’d like to secure federal funding to complete the project. While we completed an environmental review of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in 2019,  We are now undergoing review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),, which will support our efforts to fully fund the project.  Plus, while the first phase of the project will focus on the run-through tracks, we are environmentally clearing all proposed elements of the project for anticipated future improvements and station amenities.  

Today we hit a key milestone. Our Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIS/SEIR) for the project is now available for public viewing. In it, you’ll find a detailed evaluation of the proposed improvements, including all possible environmental impacts. For comparison, we also evaluate what would happen if no changes were made. We call this the “No Action” alternative. 

The Draft EIS/SEIR is available in accordance with the requirements of CEQA and NEPA for a minimum 45-day public review and comment period that began on June 21 and ends on August 9. 

You can learn more about the proposal in person and tell us what you think at our upcoming open house and public hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. in the Metro Board Conference Room. 

You can read it online at: linkunionstation.com. Printed and/or digital copies will also be available at the following locations: 

  • LA Central Public Library – Downtown: 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 
  • Lincoln Heights Branch Library: 2530 Workman Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031 
  • Chinatown Branch Library: 639 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • Little Tokyo Branch Library: 203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • Benjamin Franklin Branch Library in Boyle Heights: 2200 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 
  • LA Union Station/Metro Library: One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • LAUS/Metro Records Management Center: One Gateway Plaza, Plaza Level, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • William Mead Homes Administrative Office: 1300 North Cardinal Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • Care First Village Administrative Office: 1060 North Vignes Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
  • Vernon City Hall: 4305 Santa Fe Avenue, Vernon, CA 90058  

You can let us know your thoughts by sending them to us during the 45-Day public review and comment period (June 21, 2024, through August 9, 2024) in one of the following ways:  

  • Orally or in writing at the open house and public hearing on July 9  
  • Email linkunionstation@metro.net. Please include “Link US – Draft EIS/SEIR” in the subject line. 
  • Written comments may be submitted to: 

Metro 

Attn: Carlos J. Montez 

Deputy Executive Officer 

One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-18-2 

Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Remember; all public comments must be received by 5:00PM on August 9, 2024 

 

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4 replies

  1. Great project, the sooner the better…especially if Metrolink is now rolling out the more frequent regional style train service, the Surfliner should be hourly and of course CHSR coming, plus the northern extension of the SE Gateway LRT. Large upgraded needed ASAP.

  2. The web address is provided, but not as a hyperlink. C’mon the Source, you’re better than this.

  3. Alas – the headline says “Read the Draft” but no links are provided to actually read the draft. Otherwise, it sounds like a great project.

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