The modern glass-and-concrete Van Nuys station, designed by LPA Architects, opened on December 18, 1995. A joint project of Caltrans and Amtrak, funding was provided by Caltrans with Amtrak providing construction management. Improvements for Metrolink commuters were funded by Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles.
Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Van Nuys was the 29th busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of 202 passengers daily.
There are two tracks at this station (not including the third, side track that leads into the nearby train yard), but only one platform, which means only one of the two tracks can be used. As a result trains have to stop and wait outside of the station for that platform to be cleared by trains that are already there, which increases travel times.