Update: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has approved approved the proposed masterplan by Grimshaw and Gruen; the scheme will now go ahead, subject to the availability of funding. The below article is from 22 September 2014. The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Los Angeles Union Station master plan in July of 2012 after six initial proposals for the project. Now the Metro Board has begun to finalize plans and move towards implementation, with their Planning Committee scheduled to discuss the proposals in early November. Read on to learn more about how the plan has developed over the past two years and the next steps towards its implementation. Since Union Station opened in 1939 it has seen its ridership increase tenfold, and daily ridership is expected to reach nearly 197,000 trips per day by 2040. This growth in public transport use demands an improved transportation hub for the city. After Metro first purchased Union Station from a private firm in 2011, they began plans to transform it into a world-class facility while preserving the historic core of the station as a city landmark.
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