In dreaming of a new Union Station, other cities have ideas to offer

Representing the city that is most like New Haven, Christopher Gomez, White Plains’ commissioner of planning, said it was up to the residents how much they were willing to dream. Jeanet Owens, senior executive officer for project management and regional rail at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the goal for Los Angeles Union Station was to make the 1939 terminal into a world-class transit station. The station is also being redesigned so trains don’t enter and exit from one end but travel on run-through tracks, “so that our Amtrak services can now operate in and idle in Union Station for less than a minute or two,” Owens said. “Same with our commuter rail system and our high-speed rail system. This is a game changer for Southern California.”

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