Metro's new downtown subway opens in just one week! On Friday, June 16, Metro will open three new stations in downtown L.A.: Little Tokyo/Arts District, Historic Broadway, and Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill.
The A (Blue) Line will run all the way from Long Beach to Azusa - 49.5 miles - according to Metro the longest light-rail line in the world.
The E (Expo) Line will run from Santa Monica to East Los Angeles - 22.5 miles.
And the L (Gold) Line will go away. Sort of. The former L Line will still run, but becomes parts of the E and A Lines.
What also goes away is the "Regional Connector." That's just the name of the project. There's no ongoing line, no station, no service that will be called the Regional Connector. In a couple of years, few people will refer to or even remember the connector. In a couple years, Angelenos will instinctively understand the connector's benefits, and may find it difficult to imagine a time when Metro's rail wasn't conveniently tied together.
Metro has published its new schedules for the A Line and E Line. These go into effect first thing (around 4 a.m.) next Friday. So, pro tip: avoid the crushing crowds of influencers, lookie-loos, elected officials, ambassadors, superheroes, vendors, students on field trips, train nerds, and smiling commuters by catching a free Regional Connector ride before the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies. Metro is offering systemwide free bus and rail rides all weekend, starting at 4 a.m. Friday morning.Last Thursday Metro social media confirmed the 4 a.m. opening, then on Monday Metro, apologizing for the error, announced that the public will not be allowed to access new trains/stations until 12 noon.
Lastly, a brief needs-improvement note on the schedules. Initial operations are every 1210 minutes at peak hours and every 20 minutes at off-peak. Recent late night and early morning service cuts remain in place. Those sorts of frequencies are perhaps adequate for now, but don't quite make for a world class transit system or even an effective US transit system.