California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Today's Date: October 17, 2012
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060


Travelers will have better train access, on-time performance

LOS ANGELES - Caltrans, Amtrak, Metrolink and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority today celebrated the opening of three new Los Angeles Union Station tracks and a platform to serve Amtrak and Metrolink passengers.

“We’re making it easier to take the train,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This is a win for everyone.”

The three new tracks and platform will meet the growing demand for train travel. Other enhancements include a new electronic information system and energy efficient lighting. Ridership on Amtrak California’s Pacific Surfliner, the second-busiest corridor in the nation, has increased 31 percent in the last 10 years.

“Amtrak appreciates the efforts of this project’s partners, Caltrans and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, along with the various private sector contractors and vendors,” said Mike Chandler, Amtrak General Superintendent Southwest Division. “The new tracks and platform are welcome improvements as they will enhance train operations at the station and benefit ever-growing numbers of passengers seeking to travel by rail.”

Since 1979, Caltrans has invested nearly $1 billion in the 351-mile Pacific Surfliner corridor between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. During that time, passenger rail service has increased from six daily trains to 22.

“The reconstruction of Platform 7 and the three additional tracks will allow for greater flexibility for Metrolink service at Union Station,” said Metrolink Chief Strategic Officer Gray Crary. “We appreciate the Proposition 1B funding, along with resources from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program and OCTA’s Measure M, to meet both the immediate and long-range goals of Metrolink.

The new track construction, managed by Metrolink, began in May 2011 and was completed in September 2012. The $24.8 million project was funded with $21.8 million from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, nearly $14.5 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.

"Union Station serves as a major transportation hub in Los Angeles with bus and rail connections that extend throughout Los Angeles County and beyond," said Metro CEO Art Leahy. "The expansion of these new tracks and platform at Union Station will go a long way at meeting the increasing travel demands of our patrons."

Los Angeles Union Station is the nation’s fifth-busiest train station, serving nearly two million Amtrak and Metrolink passengers annually. New station tracks 13 and 14 and platform 7 will augment the existing tracks 3-12, which currently serve Amtrak, Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink trains.

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