LA's Union Station eases homeless ban

Red and Purple Line at Union Station.
Red and Purple Line at Union Station.
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Thirty percent of terminal seating at Los Angeles' Union Station will soon open again to the general public, as officials ease up on a new policy designed to keep homeless people from loitering and sleeping in the downtown transportation hub.

Station director of property management Ken Pratt tells the Los Angeles Times the seating should be partially reopened by February.

Officials said they want to be more sensitive to the problems of homeless people.

The Homeless Services Authority conducted weeks of intensive outreach to link the squatters to shelters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began the crackdown Dec. 9 as it embarked on a major renovation of the historic structure.

Residents had protested that the restrictions excluded architecture buffs and tourists, and people waiting to pick up passengers.