Recently, Metro initiated several long-needed projects at Union Station. The work includes repainting the exterior of Union Station and restoring the metal and woodwork throughout the station. We are also renovating the passageway, including removing non-historic tile, repainting walls and refinishing the tunnel floors. This work is expected to be completed by May 2014.
Installation of New Wayfinding
Getting around Union Station will become much easier with the installation of new and improved graphics and signage. We heard from many of you that improved signage and wayfinding are critically needed at the station and have accelerated this project. The new system will be installed by May 2014. Also, as a pilot effort, this initiative includes installation of new interactive technology that supports transit use as well as exploration of nearby communities and amenities. Look out for more information on the new signage program in the next month.
Sustainability Grant from Global Green
On January 21, 2014, Metro received a technical assistance grant from Global Green, USA for the Union Station Master Plan. The grant provides sustainable design consultation with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. We plan to pursue a LEED for Neighborhood Development designation for the Union Station Master Plan and this assistance supports our efforts. Look out for more information on this at our next Community Workshop.
Celebrate Union Station's 75th Anniversary
Much has changed since Union Station's opening day back in May 1939! Metro is planning to commemorate the station's anniversary on Saturday May 3rd, 2014. This event will be combined with Amtrak's National Train Day. Stay tuned for information about the festivities!
Metro continues work on the Union Station Master Plan, which will help guide future development at the station, including transit operations and real estate development. At its October 2013 meeting, the Metro Board of Directors approved the concept of an east-west concourse and relocating Patsaouras Bus Plaza to the west side of the property in a north-south configuration. The Board directed staff to continue refinements, develop the financial plan and further define the sustainability goals for the Master Plan. We have been asked to brief the Board again at a special workshop in June 2014. Prior to that, we will host a community workshop with progress updates. Staff intends to present the Final Master Plan for adoption to the Board of Directors and at a community meeting in early fall 2014. We will notify you when those workshops are scheduled.