A diesel-powered Metrolink double-decked commuter train
in "pull" mode leaves
Union Station in this 2004 view.
The speed limit for light rail is limited to 25 miles an hour in the
immediate vicinity. A few decades ago it would have been hard
for most of us to imagine that this then-underused station complex
would one day feature commuter rail radiating in multiple directions
to serve a five-county area, and multiple Surfliner Amtrak runs to
and San Diego, and Santa Barbara. And that it would provide
access to a subway terminal for trains going below downtown Los
Angeles and to the west under Wilshire, and also to the San Fernando
Valley. And also a through station for light rail, one
of three lines in the Southland's network of over 60 route miles,
It is good.