The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has completed the agency’s Chavez Bus Stop Improvements Project that creates a new state-of-the-art transit pavilion as part of the near-term recommendations of Metro’s Union Station Master Plan.
The Cesar Chavez Transit Pavilion opened to the public on Oct. 19 and is located on the southeast corner of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street adjacent to the east portal entrance to Union Station. The corner is the second most active bus stop in the Union Station campus.
Metro says the project improves the customer experience and the safety of bus riders with a new transit pavilion with bus shelters, a bike-share station, and innovative sustainability features that showcase environmental stewardship.
The new Cesar Chavez Transit Pavilion is a popular stop for riders on several Metro bus lines, which combined total 6,000 daily boarding passengers.
“Metro is heavily focused on improving all aspects of our bus system—from speeding up buses to improving conditions at our stops,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said in a statement. “The Cesar Chavez Transit Pavilion will greatly improve the customer experience on some of Metro’s busiest bus lines.”
The nearly $4 million project was funded in part by a Ladders of Opportunity Grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Metro funding included sustainability elements such as solar panels built into shade structures along with the integration of native, drought-tolerant landscaping and storm water capture system. Construction on the project started in December 2019.
SOURCE: L.A. Metro