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Review of Union Station

Union Station
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Owner description: Los Angeles Union Station is the main railroad station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western US. Union Station is a major transportation hub for Southern California, serving almost 110,000 passengers a day. The station is the hub of the Amtrak's California regional routes, Amtrak's long distance trains, Metrolink commuter trains, several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines, buses and coach services. History: Established in 1939. Built in 1939, Union Station combines Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Mission Revival and Streamline Moderne styles. The architecture team included John and Donald Parkinson who also designed Los Angeles City Hall and other city landmarks. Originally intended as a transcontinental terminus station for the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railways, the station was a major hub for troop movement during World War II. The station's historic 161,000 square foot terminal was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and the station was restored in 1992. Beginning in the 1970s, growing use of Amtrak and expansion of local and regional rail revitalized the station as a major transportation hub of Southern California. Metro acquired the station in 2011, managing the property that currently serves as a transportation hub for Metro, Metrolink, Amtrak and other transportation services as well an urban mixed-use development site.
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Ticket machines difficult to work out but fellow travellers always willing to help those in need. We found travelling the underground network fun and not at all difficult.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Not only is it functional, but it's also appealing to those interested in beautiful, old architecture! One of the nicest train stations I've been in! And of course, it has a Starbucks!

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The historical section of Union Station is beautiful. A lovely venue for private parties. If you are passing thru, get off the metro link and have a look.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Had to drive a friend from LA to NYC. I was unemployed, so I didn't need to come home anytime soon, so I took the train from NYC to New Orleans, then headed home on Amtrak. After a few days of seeing the views, watching people act crazy when they've had too much to drink and nothing to do, and having people hit me up for Dr. Phil tickets whenever I got into a conversation with them, I was ready to be home. When we finally pulled up to Union Station, I was kind of in a bad mood, but then I got a look at a station. It has that classic 40's look and is gorgeous. You almost feel like a bunch of sailors in their Navy whites are going to jump off the train for a fun weekend before they have to go to Europe to fight the Nazis. The station is still used occasionally for movie sets because it completely retains that vintage look. So if you have to come into LA, Union Station is a great way to let the city say welcome.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

A stunning relic of the days when movie stars traveled by train. Hint: find parking else where, or take the subway there.

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