The Source recently released a new conceptualized video for possible Union Station renovation plans, which include a glass-covered, above-ground passenger concourse accessible to customers looking to ride the subway, light rail, Amtrak and LA Metro.


Per Curbed, the renovations would resemble an airport terminal surrounded by glass windows, allowing commuters an easier journey as well as a view of the lower train platforms. If Metro decides to follow through with the idea, passengers would no longer need to walk through the long below-track tunnel. Numbered train terminals and escalators in the concourse would guide them directly onto their platforms.

Courtesy of LA Metro

Right now, Metro is looking at two options for the passenger concourse: an above-grade concourse (their first choice) and an at-grade alternative. The above-grade passenger concourse offers a less expensive price of approximately $2.1 billion, compared to $2.6 billion, plus construction would be less disruptive and faster.

This proposed revamps are part of the Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project, which aims to better accommodate passenger experience while making the Downtown Los Angeles station more efficient. The transit company hopes to double their daily passengers by 2040.