Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal

Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: Intermodal Station Development on 53-Acre Station Site
Cost:  Total Construction Value, Unknown
Completion Date:  1985


Anil Verma Associates, Inc. (AVA) key staff have been involved with the development of the historic Union Station since 1980. The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (LAUPT) opened in May 1939 and is known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” in the USA. It is designed in the Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival Style, with (2) enclosed garden patios on either side of the main waiting hall. It has two extended covered walkways on either side, extending out that accepted passengers from the once popular Red Car and Yellow Car System of the early 20th Century (now defunct).


Union Station originally served Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, Southern Pacific Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, as well as the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway (local urban trains). The station has now been totally transformed to accommodate the Metro Red Line Subway System, Amtrak, Metrolink Commuter Rail trains, and the Metro Gold Line Light Rail System. A raised deck El Monte Busway was built along Freeway 101 and is connected to Union Station’s bus transit plaza, which allows local and long distance buses to rail bound passengers. The station continues to add additional transit services as growth takes place. Recently this 53-acre property added new offices and residential complexes as a part of the joint development process. The planning concepts of the early eighties have gradually materialized in this multi-jurisdictional complex. The station has 10 platforms dispatching approximately over 200 commuter and long-distance trains per day, while light rail and the heavy rail subway system service over 200 thousand passengers weekly. A future high-speed rail system is to be added soon.

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