Wordful Wednesday-Union Station in Los Angeles

Union Station is one of the most beautiful Railway stations I’ve ever seen. It’s a hub for national Amtrak and Amtrak California passenger trains, Metrolink commuter trains, the Metro Red,PurpleGold Lines, & the Silver Line. There are also several other bus services that stop there, so it’s a busy station.  It’s also right across the street from Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles.

Built in the 1930’s, Union Station is known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States,  and has a massive and ornate waiting room and ticket concourse that makes one think they’ve stepped into the past while staying in the present.  I love it.

Most Southern Californian’s, in general don’t use public transportation.  We don’t.   In fact, when we took the Metrolink into Union Station (as a treat-it’s more expensive for our family to ride into LA on the train than to drive) to get to Olvera Street, it was the first time Jeff or the kids had ever ridden on it.  It was only my second time I’ve used public transportation in Los Angeles!  It was a fun little adventure, but I’ve decided that I’m a seat-belt-required kind of traveling gal.  Telling my kids to stop getting up and  moving around during the trip was annoying.

What about you?  Do you use public transportation?  What’s the most beautiful station you’ve ever visited?

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!

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    Looks like fun! I don’t take public transporation often, but about a year ago, I went to San Francisco for the day on the train with my kids and my mother in law. It was great. The ride was about an hour and after we got there, we took a ferry across the bay. The kids loved it!

    Fun photos!

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        How fun! Yes – Pier 39 for sure (there are always sea lions on the dock and they are so much fun to watch, and there is a great aquarium there), Koit Tower (such a beautiful spot with a great view), China Town, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences… just to name a few! I hope you have more than a few days in SF; you will have such a great time!

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    We’ve never been on a local train or trolley. But we have taken the bus a few times. And I agree it’s tough with kids. Last time I had Charlie on my lap, so that’s easier than trying to wrangle multiple kids. Looks like a fun adventure though 🙂

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      Angie says

      I’ve NEVER ridden a public bus in my area! I was thinking the other day that I should. Because I can and it would be a good experience.

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    We actually rode the train from a gorgeous small station in upstate NY to Grand Central when we were visiting my FIL. Grand Central is amazing.

    But this station you showed us – WOW!!! Love the original materials and decor. LOVE!

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    I took a train ride many years ago on an Amtrak and went to Union Station in St. Louis. It was an experience I’d like to do again sometime. Lovely photos!

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    That looks like such a nice place! The one time I looked into taking Amtrak to southern CA from northern CA it was going to be about $900 for our family and that involved a bus ride in-between the trains. Um yeah we drove 😉

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      Angie says

      It’s SO expensive for the whole family, isn’t it? We went on a weekend with a special, but if it hadn’t been reduced rates it would have cost us close to $100 RT!

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    Thanks for sharing a piece of history with us. I’ve never been to Union Station, but from what I saw here, it was indeed a beautiful building with intricate details that were often missing in modern structures. It also looked well-preserved!

    I thought the 6th picture, the one showing the train schedules, was really interesting. It was kind of surreal, the meeting between the past and the present… how the old-style decor of the building was now equipped with modern gadgets and lightings 🙂

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      Angie says

      YES! The meeting of the past and present is a very interesting juxtaposition. It’s weird to feel like stepping back in time while feeling firmly planted in the present!

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      Angie says

      Wouldn’t that be fun? We can take the MetroLink to a Dodgers Game. Haven’t done it, but it would be nice to not have to deal with traffic leaving the game!

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    What an amazing train station! So much beauty and so well preserved!

    We always use public transportation when we travel. Metros, taxis, trains, buses the whole nine. But at home? Almost never. It’s too bad. A great public transit system is really a wonderful asset to a city.

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    I so love how bored your oldest looks! That’s hilarious!
    I’ve lived in So Cal almost my whole life, I’ve also lived in S.F. for 5 years, two of the top rated cities for public transportation and I’ve never once used it. Except for that trolley ride! =)

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    Living in SoCal we too don’t use public transportation and found that it was so much more expensive to take MetroLink than to drive into LA. Which is sad because I would rather keep my gas guzzling/pollution making SUV home and not fight the traffic downtown (not to mention find a safe parking lot) if I didn’t have to.
    Have you tried the Gold Line/Subway system? Aside from price, I couldn’t figure the maps out. IMHO, LA needs to rethink it’s public transportation.

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      Angie says

      I haven’t used the Gold Line. It’s so much cheaper to drive into LA for us. The Metro link has a $10 special on the weekends, but during the week it’d cost almost $100 for us to go into LA RT. That’s just WAY too expensive. Our trip was easy, but I didn’t “jump” lines. I’d guess that it’s way easier to use in other places where it’s commonly used by everyone!

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    When I lived in SF and NYC, I was definitely a public transport kind of girl. But here in Vegas, apparently there’s no such thing! LOL! Having your own car is a must!

    The most beautiful station I’ve visited is Grand Central in NYC. I think mostly because I couldn’t believe I actually made it to NYC and could ride the subway to the station whenever I wanted. It was a wonderful time in my life!

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    beautiful shots of Union Station. I LOVED the old Union Station in St Louis that is now a mall.
    Our family circus does rely on BART all the time when we head over to the Bay Area from the Central Valley in Cali.

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    What a beautiful train station! We don’t take public transportation, mostly because we live out in the boondocks, so we’d have to drive somewhere to get to public transportation, and by then we’d already be where we were going! 😉 I had the pleasure of being in a beautiful train station in Seattle years ago, when I was an extra when they were filming a TV series Mr. & Mrs. Smith (which only aired one or two episodes before they pulled it and decided to make it into a movie instead). 🙂 It’s beautiful, and sad they stopped using it as a station so long ago. 🙂

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    I live just outside of DC, so I take the Metro when I have to go downtown. After college I lived in NYC for a while and it was the BEST. I didn’t even have a car – I just took mass transit everywhere. I loved it, because I hate driving. I think NYC is probably one of the most mass transit friendly cities, mostly because they system is so big and it really takes you everywhere you could possibly have to go.

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    Grand Central Station in NYC is the most architecturally impressive station I’ve ever seen. It is so interesting though, to see the differences between West Coast and East Coast architecture. Because 30th Street station in Philly is similar to Grand Central – but nothing looks like Union!

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    That is a gorgeous station! We took advantage of public transportation when we were in DC this summer, but none of the stations we were in were anything like that.

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    What a beautiful place! It seems definitely worth the extra expense just to experience it. I’ve only been to Grand Central Station and the decor inside is simply stunning. The station is an amazing hustling, bustling hive of activity.

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    These pics make me want to GO somewhere!! I love to travel, but haven’t gone far. LOL These just make me think about getting out there and going…
    Love them!

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    Those are gorgeous pictures. We don’t take public transportation where we are either. We live in an area where it is not prevalent. I have taken the train into the city, but it is my least favorite thing to do, and I am right there with you about seat belts. I can’t imagine taking my two year old on something she wasn’t restrained in.

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    Wow, it looks like an adventure all in itself! Roaming up and down the station with its beautiful architecture. I love the photos you shared. Thank you!

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    That is beautiful, it’s like a museum. I don’t think ‘westerners’ in general use public tran. Now easterners, they are all about the Metro. I’m a little nervous about going to NYC to tell you the truth. What if we get lost in the subway system and never resurface? I’m not even sure how we’re getting from the airport to the hotel… hitching?

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    we used to, when we lived near the marta station.. (for concerts and going to the airport…)
    now, nope… with a toddler and not near a station, we drive

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    I used to live in London and rode the Tube all the time. I cannot imagine trying to get around with my triplets on the Tube or any other mass transportation, even now that they are nearly 3. I would have to duct tape them to the seats or they’d be all over the place and even out the doors! Great pics, Angie.


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    We don’t use public transportation. It’s so expensive. Once (before I had kids) I took a public bus in the city and the person next to me was sitting so close that I felt like a hostage.

    Hugs and Mocha,


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