The effort to improve efficiency and capacity at Union Station has taken another step forward, as Metro begins preparing an environmental impact report for a long-planned series of upgrades to the historic rail terminal.
Link Union Station, formerly known as the Southern California Interconnector Project, would allow Amtrak and Metrolink trains to pass directly through the station by creating as many as ten new tracks running south across the US-101 freeway trench, as well as a new loop track for operational flexibility. This upgrade, previously budgeted at $350 million, would increase Union Station’s capacity by as much as 50% and shave train idling times by up to 25 minutes. Currently, the station’s stub-end layout forces all trains to arrive and depart through the five-track throat located north of the railyard. Continu reading