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Metro seeks input for Union Station 'master plan' through online survey

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 08:12AM
Courtesy of Metro

Metro invites the public to fill out an online survey and submit their input on the future of Union Station.

As the "master plan" for Union Station's future continues to take shape, Metro is looking for input from Downtowners and other commuters who use the transit hub. The transportation organization has posted a short survey on their website and will be handing out paper versions at the station as well.

"Metro has recently purchased Union Station and is currently studying ways to make it a 21st century transit station, offering a mix of options onsite as well as an excellent transit experience. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so we can include your “vision” in our Master Plan," Metro's website explains.

Questions seek out how often people use the station, why they use it and what characteristics they think are missing from the historic DTLA transportation center. Metro offers a range of potential improvements and asks survey-takers to prioritize them; ranging from more security to better bike access and more shopping and dining choices.

The Source reported on this survey and mentioned a few "fun facts" to consider about Union Station's past while you plan its future. The station was built in 1939; during its first year only 6,000 people used the terminal on a daily basis -- compared to the 60,000 that are expected to go through it each day this year.

By 2020, The Source estimates that 100,000 people will be using Union Station on a daily basis -- taking advantage of the completed Expo Line, Gold Line Extension and Regional Connector.

Metro purchased Union Station in 2011 for $75 million and are now working to develop a long-term plan (aka the "master plan") that will transform the transit hub into a "premier destination" for travelers and residents.

Metro will be excepting survey submissions until February 4.

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