OAKLAND – Amtrak, today, officially opened its new Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge at Los Angeles Union Station. The new 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).
“We are excited that our premiere passengers are able to relax in a deluxe lounge while waiting to board their trains here at Union Station,” said D.J. Stadtler, Amtrak’s Vice President of Operations.
Passengers can 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 area. A very special sculpture, “Pioneer of Railway Construction,” depicting the Chinese American’s contribution to the railroad, donated to Amtrak by Chinese artist, Yuan Xikun, rests in its own display case in the lobby.
The lounge is located on the second floor of the station above the Amtrak ticket office and is accessible by elevators. It is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It replaces the preboarding area that was adjacent to TRAXX restaurant.
Amtrak Metropolitan Lounges 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.
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