County transportation officials Friday celebrated the completion of improvements to the Patsaouras Bus Plaza, a $51 million project that includes a pedestrian bridge intended to make it easier to access Union Station.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said the plaza, which is set to open Sunday, will make it easier and safer for the J Line (Silver Line) and other Metro and Foothill Transit bus riders to get to their regionwide transit connections.
“I think this station will stand out as a new and vitally iconic part of the Union Station property,” Metro Board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker said. “These and other planned improvements at Metro’s bus services will greatly improve the (customer) experience and make our county’s Metro system more attractive to riders.”
The new amenities include a canopy, TAP vending machines, seating, lighting, closed-circuit TV surveillance and electronic message signs.
The bus plaza also includes new bus, light rail and heavy rail connections (including connections to Metro, Metrolink and Amtrak), which will be added to this transportation hub, Metro officials said.
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