LOS ANGELES - In the heart of one of the most notable cities in the world, Amtraks Union Station is of historic value both on and off the silver screen. Located just off Alameda street and the Santa Anna 101 freeway, the outside of the building reminds me of a mission style buildings I built with sugar cubes in the 3rd grade. One can easily see why this has been a popular backdrop for some of the earlier vintage motion pictures.
The Union Station in Los Angeles was first opened in 1939 as one of the few first that were opened during the early 1900’s. Also, in the 1980’s the building and also the surrounding area were placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings. Parking is abundant in the underground area located under the bridge and behind the front of the Amtrak Union Station front doors. The fee is $6 a day during the publishing time of this article and some exit terminals only accept a debit or credit card.
The Long Distance Trains:
Regional California Trains:
Pacific Surfliner, from San Luis Obispo to San Diego
Connections to San Joaquin, Oakland and Sacramento
The Metro Rails:
Proposed tracks are looking to be built to connect Southern California's inland with the costal services. Not only that but a High Speed train has been on the discussion table for some time to connect San Francisco to los Angeles and get passengers to each city in just over 2 hours. With the recent fluctuation in the economy both in state and nationwide, it isn't known when if ever the completion of these projects will be done soon.
Current ticket prices will vary with the holidays and time of season, but a trip from Union Station to Modesto in northern California was cheap for round trip. At $110 it wasnt too bad and is a lot better than trying to pay for gas, plus if you have a computer and like me work as a freelancer it gives you time to get some work done on the 7 hour trip.