LOS ANGELES—On December 19, 2013, Amtrak and its partners officially opened a new Amtrak Metropolitan LoungeSM on the second floor of Los Angeles Union Station. Funded by Amtrak and Caltrans, the lounge is available to Amtrak Sleeping car passengers, Pacific Surfliner business class passengers with same-day tickets and Amtrak Guest Rewards members (Select Plus and Select Executive levels).
In attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were representatives from Amtrak, Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the six busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surflinercorridor, the Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquin corridor. Caltrans manages the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin corridors; the Capitol Corridor, although funded by Caltrans, is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Historic Union Station is owned by LACMTA.
Passengers may enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and other beverages, Internet access, newspapers, conference room, comfortable seating, ticketing assistance and priority boarding from the lounge to trains via Red Cap service.
Original train-themed artwork can be seen throughout the lounge, including a special sculpture entitled “Pioneer of Railway Construction” by Chinese artist and educator Yuan Xikun. Dedicated during the 2012 National Train Day celebration at Union Station, the piece honors the contributions of Chinese immigrant laborers to the construction of the American rail system. It depicts a young Chinese man with a hoe standing on the unfinished transcontinental railroad; nearby are his father and son, who represent the impacts that the railroad had on multiple generations. Display cases on one wall feature model trains and historic Amtrak and station memorabilia, including vintage menus, china and postcards.
Amtrak Metropolitan LoungesSM are also located in Chicago Union Station and Portland Union Station in Portland, Ore. Other Amtrak private lounges include ClubAcela in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. First Class Lounges (separate waiting rooms) are located in St. Paul/Minneapolis, St. Louis, New Orleans and Raleigh, N.C.