Construction is back in full swing at the southeast corner of Union Station, where Metro is building a new Silver Line platform within the median of the El Monte Busway.
Though the nearly $40-million project broke ground in early 2017 with an anticipated completion date in the next year, work stalled in 2018 following the discovery of archaeological artifacts and Native Americans at the construction site. Metro has since resolved those issues and resumed work on the project.
The new Silver Line platform will replace an existing bus stop near the El Monte Busway's terminus at Alameda Street. The completed project will allow passengers to access other bus lines and transit services at Union Station via a 500-foot pedestrian bridge connecting to Patsaouras Plaza, eliminating what is now a circuitous quarter-mile walk.
The new bridge will be highlighted by a display by artist Ned Kahn, which calls for an exterior of perforated stainless steel panels which move with the breeze.
The Silver Line platform is one of several large investments that Metro is making at Union Station, which the agency purchased in 2011.
Upgrades to a handful of bus stops along Cesar Chavez Avenue are currently in the works along the northern side of the station, and Metro is planning an esplanade and public plaza on Alameda Street along its western face.
Metro's longer term plans for the historic transit hub include run-through tracks crossing the US-101 Freeway and an expanded passenger concourse.
Private investors have also sought connections to Union Station, most notably in the form of a proposed gondola system which would ferry passengers to Dodger Stadium.
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