LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Metro officials said Monday the April 25 Oscars, being partially held at Union Station, won’t disrupt transit service.
“Union Station will remain open to transit riders throughout the awards events and riders will be able to access all bus, rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and private transportation providers, along with vendors,” according to a statement from Metro. “Alternative waiting accommodations for Metrolink and Amtrak riders will be provided. Signs throughout Union Station will help visitors navigate to transportation and parking options. During closures, customers will be able to access transit services through Union Station East.”READ MORE: California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
The awards, which are usually held in February, were pushed back two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Academy “sought out Union Station for a combination of its historic and iconic nature and for the landmark building’s ability to accommodate a safe and healthy event that meets COVID-19 health guidelines,” the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement.READ MORE: Future Of Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Still In Question
According to Metro, the Oscars will be held in the building’s Historic Ticketing Hall, the Grand Waiting Room, the main entrance along Alameda Street and on the north and south patios.
“Union Station is one of the most iconic landmarks in Los Angeles County and we are honored for it to be highlighted at the 93rd Academy Awards,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said in a statement. “We look forward to helping celebrate excellence in film in a safe and healthy manner while still ensuring that our transit riders can reach their essential destinations.”
While Metro insists that service won’t be impacted, the agency traditionally closes the Red Line subway station at Hollywood and Highland — home of the Dolby Theatre — to accommodate the ceremony.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores, Father Arrested In 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
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