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Video: A Peek Into Union Station's Massive Makeover Plans

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A new video shows how plans for improving Union Station could make it a busier, more pedestrian-friendly transportation hub with more green space.

Metro has been gradually unveiling portions of the Union Station Master Plan, which will overhaul and improve L.A.'s historic station. And now we're getting an updated look at what those plans might actually look like in the coming years, thanks to a new video that uses animation, showing the improvements. The whole plan includes a whopping 3.25 million-square-foot development and will add lots of open space, greenery and hopefully make travel easier.

Thanks to a recently awarded state grant, some of those improvements will make the hub more bike and pedestrian-friendly. The northwest parking lot by the Alameda Street entrance is expected to transform into a pedestrian plaza with more trees, outdoor seating and an area for outdoor events. It will also make it more bikeable and walkable for people to safely cross over to nearby Olvera Street and the rest of downtown L.A.

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Following improvements to the front of the station, plans include expanding the main passenger concourse. Metro wants to add more seating, retail and wider platforms to increase capacity and improve travel times. The plan also includes relocating the bus plaza—currently on the far side of the station by Vignes Street—to move it to the westside of the rail yard to make bus connections easier for passengers. After that move, Metro imagines bringing more commercial developments to the westside of the station and expanding the passenger concourse further where the bus plaza currently is located. The video also suggests tall buildings, crisscrossing concourses and more as part of the possible overall vision.

And while a high-speed rail line may be far, far in the future for L.A., the video also takes that possibility into consideration. We can always dream, can't we?

And while the video may look a bit futuristic, construction for the project could start as soon as 2018, pending an environmental review of the plans.