Regional Connector Updates Kick Off Later This Morning

It may be less than 2 miles long, but the Regional Connector is hailed by many as the most important of all the Measure R transit projects.  When we last checked in, the Metro Board of Directors had voted for a fully underground Light Rail line that will connect the Gold Line to the  Blue Line and future Expo Line.  Today, Metro staff will update the public on how the project is proceeding, including how to attract riders that would have accessed transit on the Fifth Street Station that will likely not be included in the project.

Clicking on the image will open a high/res pdf. of the route.

The first community update meeting will be held at 11:30 this morning at the Colburn School at 200 South Grand Street.  Two more meetings will be held next week at the Japanese American National Museum on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30.  Get all the meeting details at the Streetsblog calendar section.

The main hurdle to construction of the line was opposition from the Little Tokyo community who worried that at-grade transit and stations would disrupt their community.  The Metro vote last year erased those concerns, and Metro staff unveiled the Little Tokyo station design back in January to the approval of the community.  The new station would replace the existing Gold Line Station with an underground station connecting the two lines.

Blog Downtown notes one other change that will be addressed at the meetings:

Also new since the October decision is design sketches for the Broad art museum, which includes a plaza that would wrap around the structure and would need to be integrated with the proposed Regional Connector station at 2nd and Hope.

Moving forward, Metro staff hope to complete their environmental studies in the next three months so the Metro Board can certify the findings before the end of the year.  Despite selecting the underground light rail route as the “Locally Preferred Alternative,” the Board can still change its mind as we’ve seen with other projects such as the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes.

  • jon

    Its a little disappointing that the Regional Connector doesn’t hit Union Station before the lines split given the importance of Union Station. But I guess that was decided years ago when the Gold Line was planned.

  • I agree.  Of course, with the new connector, I assume that 7th/Metro Center will become the main station since it’s in the heart of the Financial District.  Union Station is just too far out there.  Of course, Metrolink and HSR will still terminate there so it’ll retain its prominence.

  • Dan W.

    It’s too bad the 5th St. station was eliminated, but the financial district should have ponied up the dough to help make that happen.

  • As Metro Rail grows, I’m hoping to see more “union stations” beyond just Union Station downtown.  Regional hubs on the Westside, in Norwalk or elsewhere.
    LAUS already has the Red, Purple and Gold lines, so that direct link isn’t quite as necessary as it might be without the Red Line.  Tokyo Station just has one subway line, plenty of commuter train links.

  • Marcotico

    Do they have plans to update 7th St? The red/purple line platforms seem pretty crowded at peak transfer times now.

  • LAofAnaheim

    As long as they open up a portal on 6th/Flower for 7th street/Metro center station, that would help put the dreams on a 5th street station behind us.

  • Ronrueda

    I believe Metro is working on running higher frequency trains on the Red/Purple Lines. The current problem with getting higher frequency is that Union Station was not built to handle frequent turnback of trains.Hopefully once that is resolved platform crowding at peak periods will be less of a problem

  • You can get to the ustream video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings

  • You can get to the ustream video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings

  • You can get to the ustream video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings

  • You can get to the ustream video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings

  • You can get to the ustream video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings

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