Metro Motion – Spring 2014 Union Station Edition

Union Station is celebrating its 75th anniversary. From the beginning it has been Hollywood’s train station and like any great Hollywood star it has appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials.

Find out which ones and visit beautiful Harvey House restaurant, a gorgeous private rail car and early settlers from Chinatown (which was once where Union Station now stands) and meet the station planners of the future: fourth graders from Utah Street Elementary.

Los Angeles Union Station
Los Angeles Union Station

Los Angeles Union Station (or LAUS) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, United States. the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing the older La Grande Station and Central Station.

One of a number of union stations built in the early 1900s, it served trains from the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific Railways. Conceived on a grand scale, Union Station became known as “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Today, the station is a major transportation hub for Southern California, providing 60,000 passengers a day access to Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) long distance trains, Amtrak California regional trains, Metrolink commuter trains, and several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines.

The Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the station serves dozens of bus lines operated by Metro and several other municipal carriers.

Union Station was partially designed by John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson (the Parkinsons) who had also designed Los Angeles City Hall and other landmark Los Angeles buildings. They were assisted by a group of supporting architects, including Jan van der Linden. The structure combines Dutch Colonial Revival architecture (the suggestion of the Dutch-born Jan von der Linden), Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne style, with architectural details such as eight-pointed stars. – Wikipedia

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