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Regional Connector Transit Project

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The Metro Regional Connector Project extends from the Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles, allowing passengers to transfer to Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines, bypassing Union Station.  The 1.9-mile alignment will serve Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Civic Center, The Historic Core, Broadway, Grand Av, Bunker Hill, Flower St and the Financial District.

This new Metro Rail extension will also provide a one-seat ride for travel across Los Angeles County.  From the Metro Gold Line, passengers will be able to travel from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica without transferring lines.

The Regional Connector will improve access to both local and regional destinations by providing continuous thru service between these lines and providing connectors to other rail lines via the 7th St/Metro Center Station.

The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and provide significant environmental benefits, economic development, and employment opportunities throughout Los Angeles County.

Project at a Glance

  • A 1.9-mile underground light-rail system connecting the Metro Gold Line to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station
  • Direct connection between Azusa and Long Beach and between East Los Angeles and Santa Monica
  • Three new stations:
    • Little Tokyo/Arts District Station – 1st St/Central Av
    • Historic Broadway Station – 2nd St/Broadway
    • Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station – 2nd Pl/Hope St
  • All stations include public art components and provide convenient and safe access
  • Project Budget: $1.756 Billion
  • Forecasted opening: 2022

The Regional Connector Project receives partial funding from Measure R, which is a half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2008.


The Regional Connector Transit Project will greatly improve connectivity across the region’s transportation network and welcome residents and tourists alike to three distinct districts within Downtown Los Angeles. Read more about each destination below.

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

The Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, currently an at-grade Gold Line station located at the intersection of 1st and Alameda streets, will be moved underground and across the street to the southeast corner of 1st St and Central Av as part of the Regional Connector Transit Project. The station, bordering the two neighborhoods of Little Tokyo and the Arts District, will make these historically rich and vibrant neighborhoods easily accessible.

Little Tokyo

As one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States, Little Tokyo offers a unique cultural experience for the whole family. This Gold Line destination introduces the public to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through vibrant festivals, historical tours, exhibitions, performances and more. This neighborhood lies within a nationally recognized historic district and has been an important piece of LA’s history since it’s beginning. Walk down the brick-lined streets and explore small family owned businesses offering authentic cuisines and one of a kind retail. The neighborhood's local museums and cultural centers are the heart of this community and present unique artistic and cultural programming to the visitors every day.

Attractions:

  • Aratani Theater
  • Art Share L.A.
  • Go For Broke Monument
  • Historic Churches and Buddhist Temples
  • Honda Plaza
  • Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Japanese Village Plaza
  • Little Tokyo Public Library
  • MOCA at Geffen Contemporary
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Weller Court

Arts District

Since the 1970’s, this once gritty industrial district has evolved to an urban destination with arts at its roots. Galleries, small boutiques, socially conscious retailers, breweries and restaurants, lie amidst a stretch of early 20th-century warehouse lined blocks that introduce passersby to murals by local and international artists. Visitors can walk south just a few blocks from Metro’s Gold Line’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station and decide upon a guided historical tour, view street art, visit a contemporary gallery, take a hike to a local breweries, shop at an arts’ inspired boutique, or bring the family to the Saturday Farmer’s Market.

With the Regional Connector’s direct connection across Los Angeles County, residents from Azusa, Santa Monica, East Los Angeles and Long Beach will easily access downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and Arts District communities contributing to the thousands of visitors flowing each day into these two neighborhoods.

Attractions:

  • Arts District Farmers Market
  • Hauser Wirth and Schimmel
  • Angel City Brewery

Historic Broadway Station

Historic Broadway Station

The rich history of the birth of downtown Los Angeles surrounds the location of the new Historic Broadway Station.  The streets of historic downtown Los Angeles include two nationally registered districts:  The Broadway Theater District, which includes the remnants of 12 theaters within seven blocks, and Old Spring Street, which is known as the original Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles.  Broadway is one of the oldest streets in the city and it was laid out as part of the 1849 street plan.  Broadway was also the home to streetcars, which were heavily utilized by shoppers and workers between 1901 and 1963.

The Historic Core Downtown and the Civic Center areas combined contain the second largest concentration of government employees in the United States outside Washington, D.C.  The new station will be the hub for both government employees and tourists alike.  With the connectivity to downtown, a visitor can hop on the train and go to the Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station to visit the cultural hub of downtown Los Angeles or to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to visit historic Little Tokyo.

With the Regional Connector’s direct connection across Los Angeles County, residents from Azusa, Santa Monica, East Los Angeles and Long Beach can easily access downtown Los Angeles’ government services or nearby destinations.

Attractions:

  • City of Los Angeles City Hall
  • Angelus Plaza
  • Caltrans District 7 and Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Downtown Independent Cinema
  • Federal Courthouse
  • Grand Park
  • Historic Broadway Corridor
  • LA Law Library
  • Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters
  • Times Building

Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station

Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station

The new Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station will sit a block west of Grand Ave surrounded by nationally recognized performing arts centers and museums.  Besides these cultural assets, the area remains a job and residential center for thousands of Angelenos.  The area traditionally known as Bunker Hill draws thousands of local visitors, as well as tourists from all over the world.

Bunker Hill has a rich history from its inception in 1867 and its revitalization, beginning in 1955, which populated Bunker Hill with modern plazas and buildings.  The resurgence of Bunker Hill in recent years grew from the construction of public venues, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall , the Museum of Contemporary Art and more recently, The Broad Museum.

With the completion of the Regional Connector’s Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill two-story station, visitors can hop on the train and exit at the footsteps of these popular venues.

With Regional Connector’s direct connection across Los Angeles County, residents from Azusa, Santa Monica, East Los Angeles and Long Beach can easily access Downtown Los Angeles’ cultural hub and surrounding destinations.

Attractions:

  • Ahmanson Theater
  • California Plaza
  • Colburn School of Performing Arts
  • Department of Water and Power Headquarters
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Ketchum YMCA
  • Mark Taper Forum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Redcat Theater
  • Stanley Mosk Los Angeles County Court House
  • The Broad Museum
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • World Trade Center

Existing 7th/Metro Center Station (Flower St/Financial District)

The 7th St/Metro Center, one of the most utilized Metro Rail stations, serves thousands of workers in the Financial District.  With the completion of the Regional Connector, the 7th St/Metro Center will no longer be a terminus for the Long Beach Blue Line and the Culver City Expo Line but will offer an opportunity to save 20 minutes for those commuting by rail across Los Angeles County.  The Regional Connector will also relieve station crowding with its direct access to centralized stations such as Little Tokyo/Arts District, Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill and Historic Broadway.

With Regional Connector’s connection across Los Angeles County, residents from Azusa, Santa Monica, East Los Angeles and Long Beach can easily access downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District and surrounding destinations.

Attractions:

  • FIGat7th
  • California Club
  • Citigroup Center
  • City National Plaza
  • The Bloc Downtown
  • Maguire Gardens
  • Richard J. Riordan Central Library
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • The Standard Hotel
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
  • Wilshire Grand Hotel (under construction)

Regional Connector Project Hotline
T: 213-922.7277
regionalconnector@metro.net

Regional Connector Community Office Little Tokyo
360 E. 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours:   Mondays: 10am to 5pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1pm to 5pm
Wednesdays & Fridays: By appointment
To make an appointment call 213.922.7277 or email regionalconnector@metro.net

Construction Relations Team

Olga N. Arroyo
Construction Relations Manager
Tel: 213.893.7115
ArroyoO@metro.net

Juan Carlos Montenegro
Sr. Construction Relations Officer
Tel: 213.893.7196
MontenegroJC@metro.net

Roberto Ayala
New Media Communications Officer
Tel: 213.893.7118
AyalaR@metro.net

Abraham Jurado
Community Relations Officer
Tel: 213.893.7141
juradoa@metro.net

Community Relations/Community Leadership Council Team

Jeanmarie Hance
Community Relations Manager
Tel: 213.613.1632
HanceJ@metro.net

Wendy Cardona
Community Relations Officer
Tel: 213.893.7122
CardonaW@metro.net

Media Relations

Rick Jager
Communications Manager
Tel: 213.922.2707
JagerR@metro.net


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12/06/2019 Street Restoration at 1st St and Alameda St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Street restoration at 1st St and Alameda St in downtown LA

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11/19/2019 Equipment delivery at Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Equipment delivery at Little Tokyo/Arts District Station in downtown LA

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11/18/2019 Driveway striping on Flower St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Driveway striping on Flower St in downtown LA.

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11/06/2019 Sidewalk repair at Flower St between 6th St and Wilshire Bl
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Sidewalk repair at Flower St between 6th St and Wilshire Bl in downtown LA

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11/02/2019 Deck Panel Maintenance on Flower St between 3rd St and 6th St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Deck Panel Maintenance on Flower St between 3rd St and 6th St in downtown LA

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10/15/2019 Paving on Alameda St, between 1st St and 2nd St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Paving on Alameda St between 1st St and 2nd St in downtown LA

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10/04/2019 Construction activities on Flower St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Construction activities on Flower St in downtown LA

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08/28/2019 Paving on Alameda between Commercial St and 2nd St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Paving on Alameda between Commercial St and 2nd St in downtown LA

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08/24/2019 Paving on Flower St, between 5th and 6th St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Paving on Flower St, between 5th and 6th St

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08/24/2019 Equipment Removal at 5th and Flower St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Equipment Removal at 5th and Flower St

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08/16/2019 Drainage Repair
Area: Flower St between 5th and 6th St

Regional Connector Constructors will be repairing a storm drain on the east side of Flower St, between 5th and 6th Street.

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08/14/2019 Maintenance of Deck Panels
Area: Flower St between 6th St and Wilshire Bl

Regional Connector Constructors will be performing grouting activities under the deck panels of Flower St between 6th St and Wilshire Bl. 

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08/12/2019 Underground concrete finishing work at 6th St and Flower St
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Underground concrete finishing work at 6th St and Flower St

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08/06/2019 Utility Investigation/Relocation on Temple St and Alameda St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Utility investigation/relocation on Temple St and Alameda St in downtown LA

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08/03/2019 Pile Installation and Crane Pad Demolition at Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill
Area: 2nd/Hope Station

Pile installation and crane pad demolition at Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill in downtown LA

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08/01/2019 Pile installation at Mangrove Yard, Temple St, and Duco Yard
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Pile installation at Mangrove Yard, Temple St, and Duco Yard in downtown LA.

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06/27/2019 Manhole Survey on 1st St between Alameda St and Central Av
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Manhole survey on 1st St in downtown LA

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06/17/2019 Improved signage and stripping on Vignes and 2nd St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Improved signage and stripping on Vignes and 2nd St in downtown LA

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06/10/2019 Pile Installation on Alameda St and Temple St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Pile installation on Alameda St and Temple St in downtown LA

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06/01/2019 Deck Panel Maintenance on Flower St, between 6th St and Wilshire Bl
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Deck panel maintenance on Flower St in downtown LA.

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05/28/2019 LADWP-Power Installation on Alameda between 1st St and Commercial St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

LADWP-Power Installation on Alameda between 1st St and Commercial St, in downtown LA.

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05/21/2019 Manhole Survey on Alameda St, between Temple and 1st St
Area: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Manhole survey on Alameda St in downtown LA.

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05/17/2019 Deck Panel Maintenance on Flower St between 5th and 6th Street
Area: Flower St/Financial District

Deck panel maintenance on Flower St in downtown LA.

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05/01/2019 Street Closures and Detours
Area: Where's it happening?

Review the real-time map and longer term street impacts.

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04/22/2019 Third party work: SoCalGas utility relocation
Area: 1st/Central Station Area

Third party work: Utility relocation in Little Tokyo.

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02/01/2019 Construction Activities at the 1st St/Central Av, 1st St and the Mangrove Yards
Area: 1st/Central Station Area

Construction activities at the 1st/Central, 1st St, and Mangrove Yards in downtown Los Angeles.

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12/05/2018 Bikes prohibited on westbound 1st St, between Vignes and Alameda St, through 2021
Area: 1st/Central Station Area

Bikes prohibited on westbound 1st St, between Vignes and Alameda St, through 2021

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09/14/2018 Concrete placement on Flower St
Area: Flower Street/Financial District

Concrete placement

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08/27/2018 Train communications line work
Area: Flower Street/Financial District

Train communication line work

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05/23/2018 1st and Central Concrete Placement
Area: 1st/Central Station

Concrete placement

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05/07/2018 Concrete Placement at the Historic Broadway Station
Area: 2nd/Broadway Station

Concrete placement

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02/26/2018 Station Excavation at 1st/Central station site
Area: 1st/Central Station

Station excavation & weekend closures

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11/04/2017 Concrete Placement at the Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station
Area: 2nd/Hope Station

Concrete pour

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08/30/2017 Construction Activities at the 1st/Central & Mangrove Yards
Area: 1st/Central Station

Support of tunneling

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08/04/2017 Construction Activities at the 2nd/Hope Station Yard
Area: 2nd/Hope Station

Various activities

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05/08/2017 Excavation Continues on Flower St. between 4th St. and 6th St.
Area: Flower Street/Financial District

Excavation

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06/08/2015 Bus Stop Relocation at 3rd St/Flower St
Area: 3rd St/Flower St

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2015 the bus stop at the 3rd St/Flower St intersection will be relocated to the south east corner of 3rd St/Hope St.

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