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In September 2014, Metro broke ground on the Regional Connector Transit Project , a 1.9-mile, three-station underground extension project connecting the existing terminus of the Metro Blue and Expo Lines at the 7 th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles with the Metro Gold Line in the vicinity of the existing Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. The alignment will serve Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Civic Center, the Historic Core, Broadway, Grand Avenue, Bunker Hill, Flower Street and the Financial District. Once complete, the project will facilitate connections among Metro’s rail network and allow for travel across Los Angeles County from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica without transferring lines.

Little Tokyo/Arts District Opportunity Site

In anticipation of the planned opening of the Regional Connector Transit Project in 2021, Metro analyzed opportunities for transit-oriented development along the alignment.  The Metro-owned property on which the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is being built has been identified as a Joint Development Opportunity Site.

The Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, located on 1st Street between Central Avenue and Alameda Street, sits at the crossroads of multiple downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods including the Civic Center, Arts District, and El Pueblo. The site is ideally situated to build upon the resurgence of downtown Los Angeles and the rich cultural assets of the area, as well as unprecedented investments in transit infrastructure, new civic and commercial development, open space and innovative community planning.

  • Site Map
  • Jurisdiction: City of Los Angeles
  • Current Use: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station Construction

Opportunity Overview

The Little Tokyo/Arts District Station configuration presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for Joint Development. The area surrounding the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Station has been the subject of numerous community visioning exercises, planning efforts, studies, charrettes, and academic analyses. Metro and an urban design consultant team developed an "Opportunity Overview" of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. This document identifies the real estate development opportunities and developable areas around Metro’s transit infrastructure at station, summarizes development regulations on the site, and highlights community priorities for the site given existing community-driven visioning efforts and additional outreach Metro and the consultant team completed in 2018.

For more information on the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station Joint Development activities, please contact:

Nicole V. Avitia
Manager, Transportation Planning
Countywide Planning & Development