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Major Gold Line Track Relocation Work to begin January 8th as part of the Regional Connector Transit Project; Metro to Run Bus Shuttle Service

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Tuesday December 22, 2015

No Gold Line Train Service between Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station As part of ongoing construction work for the Regional Connector Transit Project, workers will begin the process of relocating existing Metro Gold Line tracks at 1st Street and Alameda Street near downtown Los Angeles in the Little Tokyo area in preparation for the start of tunneling operations.

The work being performed is set to begin Friday, January 8 at 9 p.m. to move existing Gold Line tracks approximately 40 feet to the north of 1st Street at Alameda and to reconfigure the southern station entrance of the existing Little Tokyo Gold Line Station. The work is expected to take up to three months to complete.

As a result, there will be no Gold Line train service operating between Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station. Metro will operate a series of bus shuttles between the two stations to provide Gold Line patrons service to the Little Tokyo area and Pico/Aliso station during the three month closure. Once completed in late March, Gold Line train service will be restored to normal operation.

Gold Line riders who usually travel either to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station or through the impacted area, depending on direction of travel, will either need to get off the Gold Line at Union Station or the Gold Line Pico/Aliso station and board the Gold Line shuttle buses provided by Metro. Travel delays through this area are expected and Metro encourages the public to make adjustments to their schedules when using the Gold Line in this area.

Gold Line service will operate between the Pico/Alison Station and the Gold Line Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles every 10 minutes during the peak periods. In addition, Metro will continue to operate regular service on the Gold Line between Union Station and the Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena.

In addition, to minimize construction impacts help support the Little Tokyo business community through the period of the station’s closure, Metro will provide a free Little Tokyo/Arts District Shuttle to circulate through the shopping district and a Little Tokyo Validation Parking Program at three area parking lots: Mangrove Parking Lot at 428 E. Temple Street; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Parking Lot, 222 South Hewitt Street, enter on 3rd Street and the Sho Tokyo Parking Lot/Joe’s Parking Lot, 350 E. 2nd Street. Ask the Little Tokyo business for a “Metro Validation” and present it to the parking attendant when ready to depart.

To further facilitate construction, Metro and the contractor are planning weekend closures of the 1st Street and Alameda intersection. The closures are scheduled for Friday, January 8 at 9 p.m. through Monday January 11 at 4 a.m. Subsequent weekend closure are scheduled for February 12 through February 15, February 19 through February 22 and February 26 through February 29.

Weekday Traffic Impacts

Thru traffic will be maintained on Alameda Street between Temple Street and 2nd Street with one lane open in each direction. Westbound 1st Street will be closed between Alameda Street and Vignes Street 24-hours a day from January 8, 2016 through March 2016. One thru lane on eastbound 1st Street will be maintained between Alameda Street and Vignes Street. Full closure of 1st Street between Central Avenue and Alameda Street will also take place intermittently.

Weekday Detours

Westbound 1st Street traffic will be detoured right on Vignes Street, left on Temple Street, left on Judge Aiso Street, back to 1st Street. Eastbound 1st Street traffic will be detoured left on Judge Aiso Street, right on Temple Street, right on Vignes Street back to 1st Street.

Weekend Detours

No thru traffic on Alameda between Temple and 2nd street. First Street will be closed to all but local traffic.

The Regional Connector Transit Project completes a 1.9-mile segment between the Metro Blue and Expo Lines and the Metro Gold Line by providing a direct connection with three new stations planned for 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles. The rail line, expected to be completed in 2020, will attract nearly 17,000 new daily riders and provide access to more than 88,000 passengers saving commuters up to 20 minutes off their daily commutes. It will provide a one-seat, one fare ride for commuters from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica without the need to transfer between rail lines for major east/west and north/south trips.

The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout the County. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.

For more information about the Regional Connector Transit Project and for construction updates, visit metro.net/regionalconnector. Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/metroregionalconnector, twitter.com@metroconnector and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.