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Union Station Los Angeles Uncovered

UNION STATION LOS ANGELES UNCOVERED

Where else but Los Angeles, might you transform an old transportation center into an ecstatic underground entertainment scene?  Sure, you’ve heard of Union Station, the bustling transportation hub in the heart of the downtown district, bringing passengers together from places near and far.  But did you know that it is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States, or that it is affectionately called “the last of the great train stations”, or that is is considered to be one of L.A.’s architectural gems?  And, have you heard of the Happenings, or the unique spaces for rent there, to host your elegant corporate/social events and weddings, or the delectable, diverse dining experiences that await you?  Well, I’m excited to be the one to enlighten you about the many outstanding, and perhaps, new to you, features of our famous Union Station, taking place regularly, literally under the City of Angels.

FIRST, A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY 

Built it 1939, this iconic landmark symbolizes the renaissance taking place in the downtown area today. It was designed in the Mission Modern Style, Spanish with an Art Deco twist, by the father son architect team of John and Donald Parkinson, assisted by a group of supporting architects, including Jan van der Linden. The structure combines Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne style, highlighted with architectural details such as eight-pointed stars, inlaid mission tiles, brass and American Black Walnut adornments and marble floors.  Along with expansive shade patios and magnificent Palms, these appointments are the ultimate reflections of the California lifestyle, embracing the spirit and soul of Los Angeles.  In 1972, Union Station was designated as a Los Angeles Historic–Cultural Monument and in 1980, this architectural gem was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After completion, it catapulted into a bustling 24/7 operation.  During WWII, tens of thousands of servicemen were carried through the terminal each day on 100s of trains.  Today, it is the major portal for Southern California transportation and the largest transportation terminal in the West, with more than 110,000 passengers traveling through daily.

You may still be asking, “What is all the buzz about?” So, of course, there are the myriad of transportation services which will be highlighted below.  But what about the more unusual offerings… those good eats and convenient shops and exciting arts?  And just what are those Happenings?

THE HAPPENINGS

Believe it or not, Metro Art and Union Station host an inspiring collection of events, that feature innovative performances in dance and music, and unparalleled art exhibitions, with diverse cultural programing that showcases entertainers, artists and innovators throughout Los Angeles.  Usually, FREE to the public, neither reservations or tickets are required for these events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY #1

Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Union Station Ticketing Hall

Some of the best talent in L.A. come together for an exciting night of performances and live classes, in various styles of dance, movement and music.  The popular session known as, “The Floor Improv Jam!” culminates the event, where capoeira and flamenco, to tap and breakdance, bring vibrant cultures together from all over the world through music and dance.

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FRANK FAIRFIELD AND MEREDITH AXELROD

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm — Union Station Waiting Room

Los Angeles based artists Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod come to Union Station for a folk concert during rush hour. Frank often plays the streets of L.A., entrancing listeners with melodic sounds on his fiddle, guitar and banjo.  Meredith Axelrod learned to sing and play using cylinders, 78-rpm records and sheet music, focusing on early twentieth century music.

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RUMBANKETE

Friday, July 07, 2017 from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm — Union Station Ticketing Hall

Renowned Los Angeles salsa group Rumbankete, an international ensemble of musicians from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and the United States, will treat you to a night of dancing and music.  One of the West Coast’s most exciting and progressive Salsa orchestras, they are known for their dynamic rhythm section, powerful trombones and high impact vocal delivery, earning them the name “La Máquina del Sabor”.

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CHESTER WHITMORE’S TAP & JAZZ REVUE

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm — Union Station Ticketing Hall

Featuring the legendary dancer Chester Witmore, this promises to be an extraordinary evening of tap dance and music performance. Originally studying to be a cinematographer, an unexpected encounter with Fayard Nicholas, the tap dancer who became his mentor, changed everything. Chester also studied with notable performers John Bubbles, Leonard Reed, Clarence Landry and others.

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UNION STATION SUMMER TRAIN FEST

Saturday, July 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Union Station

Along with a Kids Zone, Model Trains and LA’s hottest Food Trucks, a rare collection of magnificently restored vintage train engines highlight the Summer Train Fest.  This free family event, allows you to take a journey through time.

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THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY #2

Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Union Station Ticketing Hall

Some of the best talent in L.A. come together for an exciting night of performances and live classes, in diverse styles of dance, movement and music.  The popular session known as, “The Floor Improv Jam!” ends the event, where capoeira and flamenco, to tap and breakdance, bring a variety of cultures from all over the globe together through music and dance.

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KCRW SUMMER NIGHTS AT UNION STATION

Friday, August 11 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm — Union Station South Patio

Metro Art Presents the “Summer Nights at Union Station” series, a collaboration with KCRW’s signature “Summer Nights” series. Join in, for delicious, danceable grooves, games, food and drink in this historic landmark.

Featuring KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Valida

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KCRW SUMMER NIGHTS AT UNION STATION

Friday, August 25 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm — Union Station South Patio

Metro Art Presents the “Summer Nights at Union Station” series, a collaboration with KCRW’s “Summer Nights” series. Dancing, games, food and drink will flow throughout this grand venue.

Featuring KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley + KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

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THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY #3

Sunday, August 27 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Union Station Ticketing Hall

Some of the best talent in L.A.come together for an exciting night of performances and live classes, in diverse styles of dance, movement and music.  The ever popular session known as, “The Floor Improv Jam!” culminates the event, where capoeira and flamenco, to tap and breakdance, bring vibrant cultures together from all over the world through the mediums of music and dance.

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THE DINING

Take some moments to relax, refresh yourself, grab some nutrition and fun people watching.  While Union Station is in the midst of opening new on-the-go eateries encompassing tastes from around the globe, the following establishments are already open.

GRAND WAITING ROOM

TRAXX RESTAURANT and TRAXX BAR

www.traxxunionstation.com

Elegant New American cuisine in a romantic setting reminiscent of the golden era of train travel, this is one of the city’s most unique formal culinary experiences.

Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30pm—2:30pm

Bar Menu: Mon-Sat 2:30pm—Close

Sun11:00am—7:00pm

Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:00pm—9:00pm

Fri-Sat5:00pm—9:30p

UNION STATION EAST

OTO OTO EXPRESS

Authentic “grab-and-go” Japanese cuisine including delectable crepes, hand rolls and rice bowls.

Mon-Sun 6:00am—12:00am

BARISTA SOCIETY

Using high-end beans from artisan roasters, skilled baristas carefully craft coffees from around the world.  Specialities include the traditional macchiato, Kyoto-style iced coffee and a variety of distinctive teas.

Mon-Fri 5am—8pm

Sat 7am—6pm

Sun 7am—3pm

GREEN BOWL 2 GO

Fresh, healthy comfort food; delicious salads, wraps, soups, meatballs, mac n cheese and much more.

Mon-Sun 6am—8pm

PASSENGER CONCOURSE

BEN & JERRY’S

This legendary shop serves up “Euphoric” ice cream flavors the way they were first scooped by Ben and Jerry themselves, in a place where friends hang out and good vibes flow.  With custom and ready-to-go cakes, they will also cater your next corporate or family event, delivering ice cream right to your door!

Mon-Sun 11:30am—9pm

STARBUCKS 7

As a “Starbucks Express”, the sleek, 400-square-foot, open-concept coffeehouse doesn’t have seating, but instead features digital menu boards with the most popular products such as brewed coffee, signature espresso and chilled beverages, sandwiches and croissants.  An employee takes orders in the line before you get to the counter, slicing wait times, and offering a more streamlined, “walk-through” experience.

Mon-Sun 4:30am—11pm

SUBWAY

Everybody’s favorite, fast, fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches, chips and cookies.

Mon-Fri 5am—12am

Sat-Sun 6am—12am

T&Y BAKERY

Exquisite international selection of pastries, deserts and cookies, from French macaroons, to Pierogi, baclava, cannoli, and mouth watering breads.

Mon-Fri 6am—9pm

Sat-Sun 8am—9pm

WETZEL’S PRETZELS

Scrumptious oven baked salty, sweet, savory pretzels and snack rolls with a twist.  Try the cinnamon bites or the apple cinnamon pretzel.

Mon-Thurs 6am—12am

Fri-Sun6am—1am

THE SHOPPING and AMENITIES

While an extensive new retail experience is scheduled to launch in the Fall, slated to feature curated selections of artists and artisans from across the Southland, these opportunities await you now.

TRIMANA FRESH FOODS MARKET

A convenience store with tantalizing, healthy, wholesome food to go, pizza, pre-made wraps and salads, nuts, power bars and beverages.

5am—12am Mon-Sun

SHOE SHINE

Union Station East

Shoe Shines will set you back a mere $7.  Repairs, Pick-ups and Drop Offs are available.

Mon-Fri 7am—8pm

Sat 9am—2pm

Sun Closed

BIKE SHARE

Metro and the City of Los Angeles have launched Metro’s bike sharing program. Up to 1,000 bicycles are now available at up to 65 Downtown L.A. locations including Union Station.

To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at

www.metro.net/bikeshare

BIKE RACKS

Bike racks can be found at the following three locations:

◦At the front of Los Angeles Union Station, to the right of the Alameda St. entrance, which can accommodate 8-10 bikes

◦8 individual bike racks

BIKE HUB

A new Metro Bike Hub is coming soon, and will offer secure bike parking spaces with controlled access for registered users 24/7. Repair services and retail will be available. Anticipated to open mid-2017. For more information on Metro Bike Hubs visit www.metro.net/bikehub

THE ARTWORKS

A diverse variety of site-specific artworks are incorporated into LA Union Station and nearby Metro Headquarters building.  Joining hundreds of other unique artworks at Metro sites throughout Los Angeles County, the mission is enriching the transit experience and promoting a sense of place for customers and visitors. Visit unionstationla.com/tours to learn more about free, guided tours of the artworks and architecture at historic Union Station. Visit metro.net/art and learn about Metro’s art program.  Here is a sampling of the artists on view.

EAST LOS STREETSCAPERS

La Sombra del Arroyo, 1995

Patsaouras Bus Plaza

Hand-painted ceramic tiles on the underside of the bus plaza’s pedestrian bridge depict a tree canopy bursting with birds and animals, seemingly indigenous to the area.  The charming scene of a person’s feet dangling over the bridge, which is inlaid with relief tiles, creates a sense of peacefulness in this inviting, shady seating area.

Artwork info

NOEL KORTEN AND KIM YASUDA

ReUnion, 1996

Patsaouras Bus Plaza

Expansive wing-like canopies of metal and glass create waves of pattern along the length of the bus plaza.  This piece is said to “incorporate ideas about shelter, movement, evolution and change”.

Artwork info

CYNTHIA CARLSON

LA: City of Angels, 1993

Union Station: Red/Purple Line west entrance

Commemorating Los Angeles’s 11 founding families, this three-dimensional mural involves stylized aluminum wings hovering over a painted map of Southern California’s coastline. The wings are labeled with names of angels from various religions, each chosen to metaphorically reference Los Angeles: Dagiel, fish; Gabriel, mercy; Janax, Monday; Mika’il, insomnia; Nogah, cooling the summer; Ram’khastra, rarefied air; Rohab, the sea; Sofiel, vegetables; Sui’el, earthquakes; Sut, lies; and Zahun, scandal.

Artwork info   Artist info

ROY NICHOLSON

Solar Shift: San Bernardino and Santa Monica, 2006

Union Station: Gold Line Portal

Consisting of two 55-foot-long mosaics at the tops of the east-west facing walls and a mosaic on the central skylight, the facing murals depict the Santa Monica sunset to the west and the San Bernardino Mountains to the east, interpreted as symbolizing the natural beauty of Los Angeles and its delightful geographic position.

Artwork info   Artist info

MICHAEL AMESCUA

Guardians of the Track, 1995 and 2016

Patsaouras Bus Plaza and Metro Headquarters exterior

Screens cut from steel feature figures, celestial symbols and graphic designs that reference built and natural environments.  Adorning several outdoor areas, these sculpted panels add beauty to the Metro Headquarters façade, in addition to performing as safety rails around the bus plaza.

Artwork info   Artist info

METRO ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS

Exhibits of illuminated photography at a number of Metro stations are curated by Metro’s art program.  Works are displayed within lightboxes at Union Station and in the passageway connecting Union Station East and West. The current exhibition is featured below. More information about the series is available at metro.net/art

TODD GRAY

The Makers: Portraits of Metro Artists Whose Work Enriches the Rider’s Journey, 2016

Union Station Passageway

This series portrays the artists behind the artworks in the Metro System.  Photographed in the artists’ homes and studios, the remarkable portraits offer a rare look into the lives of many of the talented individuals whose artworks embellish the environment for Metro rider’s daily encounters.

Artwork info   Artist info

ART & ARCHITECTURE TOURS

SECOND SUNDAY (10:30AM – 12:30PM)

2017: 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10

Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station

These tours, lead by Metro Art Docents, cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall, as well as artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Headquarters Building.

METRO ART MOVES

Metro Art Moves is a series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system, including Union Station, led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers.  They provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes, as well as the unique Mission Moderne architecture. Special tours engage the passengers in unique ways.  Tours are FREE and reservations are not required. Meet at the Information Booth inside the Alameda Street entrance at 10:30.  View other tours offered by Metro Art, visit metro.net/artVENUE RENTALS

THE VENUES for RENT

Union Station showcases unique spaces to host your corporate/social events, weddings and more.  Choose between four spectacular locations.

TICKET CONCOURSE

Capacity: 500 Seated, 1,000 Standing

SOUTH PATIO

Capacity: 300 Seated, 700 Standing

WAITING AREA

Public Space – Subject to Change

NORTH PATIO

Capacity: 250 standing, 100 Seated

Prices range from $6,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and scope of your event.  To reserve your space, a non-refundable 50% deposit and signed agreement is executed, with the balance and (refundable) security deposit due 30 days before your event.  Event insurance, vendor insurance and a security deposit are required. The security deposit is refunded in full within thirty (30) working days provided there are no damage/restoration or additional labor charges. Any damage/restoration and additional labor charges will be charged against your deposit. Rates and fees are subject to change based on your individual event requirements.  Rates are not guaranteed until full execution of special event agreement and 50% deposit is received.  Prep and Strike days are charged at 1⁄2 of the

Total Daily Rental Fee.  Load in and load out is required on the same day as the event, unless otherwise arranged. 

ON-SITE PARKING /VALET PARKING are through ABM PARKING – (213) 620-068

THE WAYS to TRAVEL

AMTRAK

Amtrak long-distance routes

Amtrak operates four long-distance trains out of Los Angeles:

Coast Starlight, to Seattle (service began 1971)

Southwest Chief, to Chicago (service began 1971)

Sunset Limited, to New Orleans (service began 1971)

Texas Eagle, to Chicago via San Antonio (service began 1982) Cars bound for Chicago are part of the Sunset Limited to San Antonio, where the train is split.

Amtrak California regional routes[edit]

Amtrak California operates multiple-times-daily regional rail services to cities across the state:

Pacific Surfliner, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo via Los Angeles.

•Connections to the San Joaquin train to Oakland or Sacramento are provided through Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach services. (see below)

 

The Patsaouras Transit Plaza, on the east side of the station, serves dozens of bus lines operated by Metro and several other municipal carriers as well as the MegaBus and Bolt Bus offering routes to the ever popular destination of Las Vegas.

METRO and MUNICIPAL BUSES

Metro Local

Metro Rapid

Metro Express

Antelope Valley Transit Authority

City of Santa Clarita Transit

Foothill Transit

LADOT Commuter Express

LADOT DASH

Orange County Transportation Authority

University of Southern California shuttles

Mount St. Mary’s College shuttles

City of Commerce Municipal Bus Lines

Hollywood Bowl shuttle

DODGER STADIUM EXPRESS

Go Metro to Dodger Stadium

Buses run every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time.

LAX FlyAway

FlyAway coach at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza.

LAX FlyAway service is offered between Union Station and Los Angeles International Airport. FlyAway buses run every 30 minutes between 5 am and 1 am and on the hour between 1 am and 5 am. Tickets are sold from a ticket kiosk at the southwest corner of the island platform

SEVERAL OTHER SERVICE’S BUS STOPS ARE LOCATED NEAR THE PATSAOURAS TRANSIT PLAZA:

Big Blue Bus

Torrance Transit

Silver Line

Silver Streak

LONG-DISTANCE MOTORCOACH

Megabus provides several routes from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza:

•M10 to Las Vegas

•M11 to San Francisco via Oakland

•M12 to San Francisco via San Jose

BoltBus also operates long-distance motorcoach routes from Union Station. They do not use the plaza itself, but stop at a curb on the west side of the station.[1][2]

METROLINK

Metrolink commuter rail service began on October 26, 1992, eventually expanding to incorporate 6 different routes.

Green : Antelope Valley Line

Orange : Orange County Line

Purple : Riverside Line

Red : San Bernardino Line

Yellow : Ventura Line

Blue : 91/Perris Valley Line

RAIL 2 RAIL

Rail 2 Rail offers Metrolink Monthly Pass Holders additional travel options on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains. Click on Rail 2 Rail for more details.

FUTURE EXPANSION

A new transitway station for the Metro Silver Line and other transit buses operating on the El Monte Busway is being built to the south of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza in the median of the El Monte Busway funded by tolls collected as a part of the Metro ExpressLanes project.  It will allow buses traveling in both directions on the busway to serve Union Station with a minimum of delay for passengers to other destinations.  When completed, passengers will walk directly on a bridge, from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza to the busway station, eliminating a long walk across the Union Station property to the current stop located on the El Monte Busway at Alameda.  As of April 2017 the station is under construction, and is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

PARKING

•Daily parking is available in front of Union Station at Lot B.

•60 parking spaces at a maximum charge per day of $16.

•No covered parking spaces and overnight parking is not permitted.

•Valet is available ONLY for TRAXX and MWD guests.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Los Angeles Union Station Map

Los Angeles Union Station Informational Brochure

Information offered courtesy of Mark Bolender, RE/MAX and is deemed reliable, based on print resources available online.  Trust in me for all of your real estate needs… 310-857-4956 or 661-714-0510

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Mark Bolender is one of Los Angeles county's dynamic Realtors, and has faithfully served his residential clients for 25 years. He educated himself consistently over this time, while honing his sale's and negotiation skills. Not only does Mark have a Broker license, he is also certified to work with residential clients (CRS), and a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI). Mark Bolender specializes in the independent cities of Santa Monica and Santa Clarita as well as the West Los Angeles areas. Mark can be found at the corporate offices in Valencia and Stevenson Ranch, and also a boutique satellite office in Santa Monica, near the beach. You can quickly sum Mark's personality up like this, he treats everyone the same no matter who the person is. What this means is that Mark Bolender is kind, honest and diplomatic to all, while treating everyone to his savvy negotiating and coordinating expertise. When people meet Mark, they feel at ease, sensing that he is present and mindful because he always listens. He is both charming and formidable, managing to stay positive and offer solutions at all times. For many, throughout Los Angeles, Mark remains a valuable member of their financial team, year after year. Please notes that photos in slide show that are shown in 3D are being used with permission from Shutterstock. These photos and all other artwork in this website have copyright protection. Do not download or use these or any images. Thank You!