The high-speed rail station in Los Angeles will be located at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) in the downtown area with connections to local, regional and national transit services.
In January 2019, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) issued a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Link Union Station (US) project. The proposed project would transform LAUS from a “stub-end tracks station” into a “run-through tracks station” with a new passenger concourse that would improve the efficiency of the station and accommodate future growth and transportation demands in the region. Key components of the proposed project include: an optimized throat with one new lead track, an above-grade passenger concourse with new expanded passageway; new passenger platforms on an elevated rail yard; new run-through tracks over the US-101 freeway; new loop track; new rail communication, signals, and tracks; and modifications and safety enhancements to US-101 and local roadways. The proposed project accommodates the planned high-speed rail system throughout the project limits, and on shared lead tracks north of LAUS.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority executed a contract with LA Metro in May 2016 to fund a share of Link US project development costs. In 2017, the Authority’s Board of Directors approved up to $18 million to help fund engineering and technical studies and to environmentally clear a range of investments to help modernize and integrate high-speed rail at LAUS. The Authority plans to build on the successes to date and will continue to work with regional partners to direct the remaining $423 million Southern California Memorandum of Understanding funds to the Link US Project.
The Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) project has goal of being an improved passenger rail corridor that could be electrified and shared with high-speed rail.
The City of Los Angeles, LA Metro and the Authority are working together to ensure the services at LAUS serve downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities. This joint effort will guide the improvements associated with high-speed rail in order to promote economic development, encourage station accessibility, and enhance regional mobility.
Station Community Details
Downtown Los Angeles at Union Station
The station is undergoing environmental studies, scheduled to be complete by December 2017. High-speed rail service to LAUS is scheduled to begin in 2029.
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