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Union Station, Los Angeles, California

La La Land is a fitting home for what’s been called the last great train station, with its 40-foot windows, art deco chandeliers, and old Hollywood style. It was constructed in 1939, and it’s been moonlighting as a filming location ever since, especially in the film noir genre. Films like ‘Gable and Lombard,’ ‘The Hustler,’ and ‘The Way We Were’ featured Union Station as a backdrop, and even the 1980s sci-fi flick ‘Blade Runner’ refashioned it as part of its dystopian vision of the future.

Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing La Grande Station and Central Station.

Approved in a controversial ballot measure in 1926 and built in the 1930s, it served to consolidate rail services from the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific Railroads into one terminal station. Conceived on a grand scale, Union Station became known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Today, the station is a major transportation hub for Southern California, serving almost 110,000 passengers a day. Three of Amtrak’s long distance trains originate and terminate here: the Coast Starlight to Seattle, the Southwest Chief and “Texas Eagle” to Chicago, and the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. The state-supported Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner regional trains run frequently to San Diego and also to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. The station is the hub of the Metrolink commuter trains, and several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines serve it as well, with more in construction or planning.

The Patsaouras Transit Plaza, on the east side of the station, serves dozens of bus lines operated by Metro and several other municipal carriers.

Union Station profile, LA, CA
Los Angeles Union Station, main entrance on Alameda St. Los Angeles, California, USA.