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Union Station's Patsaouras Transit Plaza Bus Terminal Re-Opens

The Union Station FlyAway bus. (Photo by Chris via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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After a three-month hiatus, Union Station's bus terminal re-opened on Monday, Metro announced on its blog.

Patsaouras Transit Plaza, as the terminal is formally known, temporarily shuttered in July to make way for repairs. According to Metro, the plaza was bolstered with new storm drains, paving repairs, waterproofing work, as well as "pedestrian safety fencing" that runs along the perimeter of the plaza.

The terminal, as you may already know, gets ample traffic as it receives everything from Metro and municipal buses, to LAX Flyaway buses, as well as private shuttles. According to KPCC, the terminal hosts a thousand buses on a daily basis.

While the terminal is back, there's one change that may take a bit of time for people to get used to: you can no longer drive into the terminal yourself to pick up your parents who are newly suntanned from a trip to the Bahamas, drop off a friend who'd taken forever to find his keys before getting into your car, or engage in a game of Marco Polo on your phone as you attempt to locate your sister. Instead, you'll now have to go into the underground passenger pick-up/drop-off area to perform your filial/friendship duties. That area is accessible through Vignes Street. Metro made a video showing you how to navigate this space:

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Also, here's a handy map showing you where the different buses will be stopping in the refurbished terminal.