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High speed rail to provide $423 million for LA Union Station project

By David Lassen | April 28, 2022

Plan will create through tracks at currently stub-ended terminal

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Illustration showing planned changes at Los Angeles Union Station
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will provide $423 million for the project to add through tracks at LA Union Station. (LA Metro)

LOS ANGELES — The California High-Speed Rail Authority will provide more than $400 million for the project to improve Los Angeles Union Station, a project which will see through tracks for commuter and intercity rail operations created at the current stub-ended station in downtown L.A.

The authority’s board on Wednesday approved the agreement with LA Metro to provide $423.3 million for Phase A of the “Link Union Station” project, with the money coming from Proposition 1A funds approved by voters for the high speed rail system. In a press release, Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins called the agreement “a key funding milestone for the [high speed rail] bookend project here in Southern California.”

The project will include construction of a two-track viaduct over U.S. Highway 101 adjacent to the station, providing a mainline link to allow through north-south operations [see “Metrolink set to begin work on LA Union Station project,” Trains News Wire, May 1, 2020]. The initial work, modernizing the five-track throat into the station, is targeted for completion in 2023.

4 thoughts on “High speed rail to provide $423 million for LA Union Station project

  1. Had through tracks been built at Memphis Union Station for the benefit of Illinois Central passenger trains that ran in the north-south tangent, the marbled Beaux-Arts station would still stand. Instead, Memphis is left with a non-descript brick station two blocks west.

  2. Great Project! Should have done years ago, glad to see CaHSR money at work in the Southern California.

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