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Union Station
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Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles Walking and Subway Tour
Ranked #28 of 547 things to do in Los Angeles
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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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2014

bit of a pain to try find where your going! we only stopped at this station once to be able to link up with the dodger bus which goes to dodger stadium free of charge. its not well sign posted and there are just words everywhere and station names so it can be very overwhelming and confusing if your not used to it, when you finally manage to find a member of staff they are very helpful and will point you in the right direction!

Visited April 2014
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“Station Safety Restored”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Previously, I submitted a review warning night travelers of the security issues. I was amazed at the 180 degree difference when forced to take a night train this past February. Due to weather, I missed my connection from LAX. My options were to stay the night at LAX or find my way via another mode of transportation. I decided I rather deal with the hordes of homeless people waiting for a train at Union station.

I was shocked to arrive at a nearly empty Union Station. There was at least three divisions of security on the premise informing the few remaining homeless that the station was closing and they would have to depart for the evening. The bathrooms were clear and available for use. Sections of the waiting area had been completely removed. The rest was closed except for one section dedicated to Amtrak passengers awaiting their bus. We were all given wristbands or had to have proof of a ticket. Union Station actually closed at the designated time.

For the first time in years, I actually relaxed and happily waited for the bus. As long as this effort to restore the safety of Union station continues, I purport that anyone should feel comfortable traveling through Union Station at anytime of the day.

Visited February 2014
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Fortaleza, CE
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“Not just a train station”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

There are stations that are nothing more than places to get trains. Union Station has not only history, stretching back to before the many Hollywood movies with scenes filmed here, but interesting architecture. No, you won't spend hours here, but it's worth a visit. Surprisingly busy at all hours of the day (at least daytime). Amtrak trains, Metrolink commuter trains, subways and buses. Interesting place for people-watching. I have not eaten at the Trax Restaurant (went down the street to Philippe the Original French Dip). You won't likely want to spend hours here, but it's worth a visit (and the trains are fun to take or at least watch).

Visited March 2014
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Battle, United Kingdom
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“Iconic Station”
Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

This is the station that features in so many arrivals and departures in Hollywood films. It's beautifully preserved and well worth a visit. A mixture of Spanish and Art Deco, and California 1930's it produces a curious harmony. There are gardens to visit and snack bars and cafés. Lots of local trains as well as some transcontinentals terminate/depart here.

Visited April 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Not much of an attraction”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is just a train station come one now. Why does this even have to be reviewed? seriously? this reveiw has to be fifty characters or more? My life could be spent on better things!!!

Visited January 2014
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