New tracks open at Union Station

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – State and local transportation officials today celebrated the opening of three new tracks and a renovated train platform at Union Station.

The tracks and new platform will expand capacity and improve service for Amtrak California’s Pacific Surfliner, which travels between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, officials said.

The Surfliner corridor is the second busiest in the nation.

“The new tracks and platform are welcome improvements as they will enhance train operations at the station and benefit ever-growing numbers of passengers seeking to travel by rail,” Amtrak General Superintendent Southwest Division Mike Chandler said.

The $24.8 million project also included a new electronic information system and energy efficient lighting.

Funding for the project came largely from Proposition 1B money, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. The remaining funding was provided by Orange County Transportation Authority Measure M and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Union Station serves as a major transportation hub in Los Angeles with bus and rail connections that extend throughout Los Angeles County and beyond,” said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Art Leahy. “The expansion of these new tracks and platform at Union Station will go a long way (toward) meeting the increasing travel demands of our patrons.”

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