Union Station in downtown Los Angeles is already a hub for trains, with Amtrak, Metrolink, subway and light rail connections. Starting Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority opens its biggest-ever bike hub at the historic station.
The $2.5 million bicycle hub will offer bike racks and lockers to hold almost 200 bicycles, mechanics on site to help with repairs and a store to buy accessories.
All of it will be housed in a space on the north side of Union Station facing Cesar Chavez Avenue. It will be accessible to registered members who pay a fee ranging from $5 a week to $60 a year. Metro has already opened similar facilities in El Monte and Hollywood, with others planned in Culver City and Willowbrook in coming years.
Officials hope the added storage and amenities will encourage more commuters to bike to bus and rail connections at Union Station, and cut down on the need for passengers to bring their bikes on board.
Metro currently does not have dedicated cars for bikes on its subways and light rail trains.
The bike hub is one of a slew of changes coming to historic Union Station to improve bike and pedestrian access. On tap are wider sidewalks and crosswalks, bike paths and a landscaped plaza in place of existing parking.
Those projects are expected to get final environmental approvals early next year.