Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Union Station’

LA-Vegas Thruway Service Modified

May 10, 2021

Amtrak has modified its Thruway bus service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The buses are now following as outlined below.

A new service operated by Alvand Transportation will travel between Los Angeles and Las Vegas daily, connecting to Pacific Surfliner Trains 579, 580, 763, 768, 777 and 796.

Buses will make intermediate stops at San Bernardino, Victorville and Barstow.

More information is available at

LA Station Restrictions Set for Academy Awards Show

April 9, 2021

Amtrak passengers will see some changes at Los Angeles Union Station over the next few weeks.

The main entrance from Alemeda Street has been closed in preparation for using a portion of the station as a host site for the Academy Awards ceremony to be held April 25.

Access to the station for passengers and visitors will be through the Vignes Street entrance.

Also affected are the ticketing Hall, waiting room, and north and south patios.

The leather and walnut chairs of the waiting room have been moved to the center section of the passenger concourse.

Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge remains open and Los Angeles Metro says it anticipates no changes to transit service except for some bus reroutes in the Union Station area.

Thruway buses will be relocated from the station bus bays to the area known as the Greyhound bus stop at the west end of the station in front of the Metropolitan Water District.

The buses will operate from the second floor of the station, near parking lot D.

Thruway bus passengers are being advised to gather in the waiting lobby to be led to their bus.

The changes will remain in place through April 27 with additional significant restrictions being imposed April 24-25.

The station is one of two sites that will host the 93rd Academy Awards.

LAUS to be Used for Academy Awards Show

March 19, 2021

The April 25 presentation of the Academy Awards will use a portion of Los Angeles Union Station.

The depot, which was built in 1939, has been used several times in the making of films and television shows but this will be its first time as a host for presentation of the Oscars.

The Academy Awards primarily are presented at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre but changes are being made to this year’s ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions in Southern California.

To be used in the Academy Awards show are the station’s Grand Waiting Room, Historic Ticketing Hall, North and South Patios and Main Entrance.

Bus and train passengers will be provided alternative waiting accommodations during the time when those areas are closed for use in the Academy Awards show.

More Station Waiting Rooms Closed

April 28, 2020

More Amtrak station waiting room closing and other adjustments have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The waiting room in Independence, Missouri, has been closed until further notice.

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains will continue to stop and passengers will have access to the boarding platforms.

In Philadelphia, the William H Gray, III 30th Street station has a reduced number of entrances and modified station hours

Acess to the station is limited to a single entrance in the 30th Street Portico, the SEPTA concourse from 30th street and through the parking garage.

The station will be closed between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to all non-Amtrak personnel while workers clean and disinfect the facility.

In California, changes have been made to station operations along the Pacific Surfliner corridor.

Closed stations include San Juan Capistrano and Solana Beach although trains will continue to stop there.

The Anaheim and Irvine station waiting areas are open, but the Amtrak ticket window is closed, until further notice.

Stations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Oceanside and San Diego Downtown (Santa Fe Depot) are operating with modified hours.

Los Angeles Union Station is only open to ticketed passengers.

80th Anniversary of LAUS Set for This Weekend

May 1, 2019

The 80th anniversary of the opening of Los Angeles Union Station will be observed with various events on May 3 and 4.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to have cultural displays, concerts, guided tours, arts and crafts, model train exhibits, train memorabilia, live music and family activities.

A kickoff event will held on May 3 in the station breezeway at 12:30 p.m., featuring bands playing music from the 1920s to 1950s.

Special menus will be featured by restaurants located in the passenger concourse on Friday and Saturday.

Events set for Saturday include live performances, arts and crafts, and a kid’s zone from Griffith Park’s Travel Town featuring toy trains and tracks. There will also be food trucks, local artisans, and a display of model train equipment by Del Oro Pacific Model trains.

Those events will begin at 11 a.m. Live entertainment will featured between 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the ticket concourse.

Tour guides will be on hand to discuss the station’s architectural features.

LAUS is Amtrak’s largest rail terminal in West. It opened May 3, 1939, and cost $11 million to construct.

It was designed by the father-and-son architectural team of John and Donald Parkinson and sports a blend of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival, and Art Deco features now known as Mission Modern.

California Shows Off New Chargers

October 10, 2018

California officials and Amtrak recently showed off the livery to be used on the 14 new Charger locomotives that are being assigned to Pacific Surfliner service.

The locomotives and their livery were introduced at a ceremony at Los Angeles Union Station that was sponsored by the California Department of Transportation, Amtrak and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency.

The units were built by Siemens in Sacramento, California, and have received the Tier IV emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making the Charger one of the cleanest diesel-electric passenger locomotives in operation.

Caltrans funded the locomotives with $100 million in state, federal and local funds. The Chargers will replace Amtrak-owned locomotives that are nearly 20 years old.

Amtrak Routes Said to be Eyed by Terrorists

August 20, 2017

Amtrak’s Empire Builder and Lake Shore Limited might be targeted by terrorist groups the Transportation Security Administration has warned.

The TSA has told mass transit agencies, freight, and passenger rail lines to be vigilant in the wake of a propaganda video released by the terrorist group Al Qaeda.

TSA said there are no known plots against transportation operations in the United States, but that the terrorist group has listed dozens of rail routes that it considered to be vulnerable.

Many of those routes serve Chicago Union Station. Al Qaeda listed the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited and the Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder.

“The Al-Qaeda video is an important reminder that mass transit, passenger-rail, and freight-rail operations are a potential target for terrorist activity,” TSA officials said.

The federal agency said employees should keep a close watch on their environments and to exercise caution with equipment and materials that could be used to obstruct or derail trains.

Transportation officials has indicated that airport-style screening systems are unlikely to become common in rail transportation, including mass transit lines, but testing is being conducted of systems that would enhance existing security measures.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles conducted a test run of new technology designed to scan passengers to detect firearms or explosive vests.

“While we’ll never become a fully secured environment like you’d have in the airport, we do want to find a way to more effectively screen passengers,” Metro security executive Alex Wiggins said. “We are trying to stay ahead of the threat.”

One reason why airport security measure have not been implemented for rail passengers is because they cannot process transit and intercity rail passengers fast enough.

The technology being tested in Los Angeles can scan up to 600 passengers per hour. Riders are not required to remove their shoes or take out laptops, keys and phones from their bags.

The scanners cost about $60,000 each and 20 would be needed for Union Station alone.