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The Los Angeles Union Station, originally the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, is the rail transportation center of Los Angeles. It originally was the terminal of three great railroads, Southern Pacific, Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe, and Union Pacific. Designed by father and son team John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson and built in 1939, it is one of the last of the great passenger terminals in the United States. The design is a mixture of Spanish colonial, mission revival, moorish, and streamline modern. The waiting room has a 50 ft. high ceiling, arched windows, and terra cotta floors with inlaid marble. There are enclosed patios on either side.
It is located northeast of downtown Los Angeles, across from Olvera St. The site was the original Chinatown. It is currently the terminal for Metrolink and Metrorail (red and gold lines), as well as an Amtrak Station. From the bus depot behind Union Station, you can catch a number of metro buses as well as the Union Station Flyaway bus to LAX and the Route D DASH Bus. (The Route B DASH bus pulls up IN FRONT OF Union Station).
Amtrak runs 3 long distance trains and 1 local route from the terminal. The Coast Starlight runs daily north to Seatle. The Southwest Chief runs daily to Chicago, and the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle runs 3 days a week to New Orleans with cars for Chicago via the Texas Eagle. The Pacific Surfliner route has many trains running between San Luis Obispo in the north to San Diego in the south.