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File #: 2018-0694   
Type: Project Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/17/2018 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 11/14/2018 Final action:
Title: APPROVE the designation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) "Proposed Project" in the Link Union Station (Link US) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) as Alternative 1 with Design Option B which provides up to 10 run-through tracks with shared lead tracks. The CEQA Proposed Project includes an above-grade passenger concourse that will also include a new expanded, at-grade passage way which will provide additional passenger travel-path convenience and options.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Active Transportation Program, Amtrak, Bicycling, California Environmental Quality Act, California High Speed Rail, California High Speed Rail Authority, City of Los Angeles, Complete streets, Construction, Elevators, Environmental Impact Report, Escalators, Funding plan, Grant Aid, High speed rail, Hubs, I-101, Link Union Station, Location 109, Los Angeles River, Los Angeles Union Station, Measure R, Metro Gold Line, Metro Purple Line, Metro Red Line, Metrolink, National Environmental Policy Act Of 1969, Nonmotorized transportation, Outreach, Pedestrians, Project, Project Status Report, Rail transit, Railroad commuter service, Station 602, Strategic planning, Transfers, Travel time
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Link US Concourse Study Summary of Findings, 2. Attachment B - Link US Community Engagement Activities, 3. Presentation, 4. Staff Report
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Subject
SUBJECT: LINK UNION STATION

Action
ACTION: APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
APPROVE the designation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) "Proposed Project" in the Link Union Station (Link US) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) as Alternative 1 with Design Option B which provides up to 10 run-through tracks with shared lead tracks. The CEQA Proposed Project includes an above-grade passenger concourse that will also include a new expanded, at-grade passage way which will provide additional passenger travel-path convenience and options.

Issue
ISSUE

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Link US Project is scheduled to be circulated for public review in January 2019. The DEIR includes a total of three alternatives:
1. Alternative 1 - Up to 10 run-through tracks with shared lead tracks;
2. Alternative 2 - Up to 10 run-through tracks with dedicated lead tracks;
3. Alternative 3 - No Build

With each build alternative, the DEIR includes two design options for the proposed passenger concourse:
1. Design Option A: At-grade passenger concourse
2. Design Option B: Above-grade passenger concourse

All the alternatives and design options are being evaluated at an equal level of detail in the DEIR. In addition, all alternatives and options will maintain the historical integrity of the Los Angeles Union Station. In an effort to be more transparent and help the public focus the comments on the DEIR, staff recommends that the DEIR identify a CEQA "Proposed Project" for Alternative 1 with Design Option B as the CEQA Proposed Project of up to 10 run-through tracks with shared lead tracks and above-grade passenger concourse with a new expanded passage way to begin the first step in the DEIR process. Staff will return to the Board in June 2019 to adopt the preferred alternative of the passenger concourse for the Final EIR (FEIR). The above...

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