Union Station, constructed in 1939, is often referred to as the last great railway station built in America. At the time when passenger rail travel was in its heyday, three of the region's most competitive railroads - the Union Pacific Railroad, the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway - joined forces to construct the ultimate transportation gateway to Los Angeles. Combining the Spanish Colonial revival and Art Deco styles, Union Station stands as a stunning monument to mass transit - past, present and future.
During the 1940s, movie stars and GI’s alike passed through its magnificent vaulted terminal. Then, in the 1970s, as airplane and auto travel increased, the train platforms were all but abandoned. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Union Station’s former glory was restored. As the subway terminus for Metro Rail, the hub of Metrolink (Los Angeles’ subway system), and a major destination for Amtrak’s San Diegan, Coast Starlight train lines, and California’s proposed high-speed rail system, Union Station is again at the heart of the region’s transportation.
Location: 800 North Alameda Street between the Santa Ana Freeway (US101) and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue (formerly Macy St).