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“Take the train in California”
Review of 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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West Hollywood, California
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“Take the train in California”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

I took the train up north to San Francisco, and leaving from Union Station set the tone for the trip. The classic Los Angeles station is beautiful to look at and a dream to navigate.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Geoffrey S
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North Hollywood
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“Train Watching”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

I love the union station. You can get on the train all the way out in the SF Valley or most places and it will take you to union station. You can get to Alvera Street or Little Tokyo or a lot of place from that station. Its always nice and clean and its fun to get on the train there.

Visited February 2012
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Union Station, downtown Los Angeles”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This historic building has been maintained beautifully and is familiar to television and film viewers I am sure. While there were some aggressive panhandlers and a lot of folks draped over the plush seats, the architecture was well worth dropping by to look at and the connections from the location are wonderful. Staff at some kiosks were helpful in giving directions. Food has been added in some areas, making a quick lunch on the tour reasonable.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Will W
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Mara Region, Tanzania
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“Back in time”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It was awesome to get to the Union Station in LA on an extremely hot day when I was ready to board the Amtrak train to Chicago. It was the highlight of my USA virgin tour in November and I was looking forward to this experience. Spent countless hours reading reviews, going through forums, websites to get ready for what was lying ahead of me.

I was not disappointed. It feels so special to enter the station full of people and activities. Pulling my bag I felt special. Went to the designated area to wait for the rain and when that cart arrived calling us to the platform, I was one of the first to put my bag in the back and get in. I was driven to the platform and was excited to see the whole squad of carriages pulled back to the platform. Got myself on the Superliner carriage number 430 and into my tiny single cubicle.

This is a thing I want to experience again. LA, Union Station and three days almost traveling cross-country to Chicago Union Station, afraid to fall asleep and miss the beauty of landscapes, deserts, rivers, townships, fields, towns and cities and people, stopping from time to time and waving to us on the train. Magic.

Visited November 2011
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

even if you are not taking the train or metro, a visit will take you back to 1920 decor and ton of movie scenes that you've seen somewhere before! a true classic!

Visited June 2012
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