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With construction finally underway for the Silver Line's long-awaited platform at Union Station, Metro has now turned its attention to other bus stops surrounding the historic rail terminal.

According to an upcoming presentation to the Metro Service Councils, new bus shelters, trash cans and benches may be added to four existing stops at Cesar E Chavez Avenue's intersections with Alameda and Vignes Streets.  Enhanced lighting and other improvements could be implemented at the underpass below the train tracks entering Union Station.

A fifth stop, located on a Metro-owned property at the southwest corner of Chavez and Vignes, could be upgraded into a transit pavilion.  The project could add landscaping, shade structures, outdoor seating, system maps, real-time signage, a bike share facility, and bicycle storage.

The presentation indicates that architecture firm Gensler has been tapped to design the project.

Following the completion of the design process, which a timeline indicates will occur in mid-2017, Metro may then proceed to draft construction documents.

The project is part of an ongoing slate of improvements to Union Station, highlighted by plans to build run-through tracks over the US-101 and an expanded passenger concourse.

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