Across the street from Union Station, Metro has completed work on a nearly $4-million project which transformed a patch of unused land into a new transit plaza.


The Cesar Chavez Transit Pavilion, located at the southeast corner of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street, includes amenities for bus riders including seating, shade canopies, real-time transit information, lighting, landscaping, and a Metro Bike station.

The project, according to The Source, was funded in part by an FTA grant.

The plaza will serve patrons of Metro's 68, 70, 71, 78, 79, 378 and 770 bus lines, according to The Source.  The stops are Cesar E. Chavez and Vignes are the second busiest at Union Stations, seeing a combined total of 6,000 daily boardings.

The Cesar Chavez Transit Plaza is located a short distance east from another new bus passenger amenity now taking shape along the perimeter of Union Station - a center-median platform within the median of the El Monte Busway.

Other changes in the works for Union Station include a new pedestrian esplanade along its Alameda Street frontage, as well as run-through tracks and a revamped passenger concourse in the more distance future.