Regional Connector meetings continue this Wednesday and Thursday

As we reported last week, community update meetings are under way for the Regional Connector. There are two more coming up this week, so be sure to check one out — the content will be the same at both. If you can’t make it, there will be a live internet video stream of the Wednesday, June 29 meeting.

All the details are in the press release below:

Community Update Meetings
Metro is currently completing the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the
Regional Connector Transit Corridor project. Ahead of the Summer 2011 release of the Final EIS/EIR, Metro is hosting three community meetings to present the designated Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and project refinements accomplished since October 2010. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at one of these upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
369 E First St, Los Angeles
(This meeting will be broadcast through
Ustream)

Thursday, June 30, 2011; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Times, Community Room
145 S Spring St, Los Angeles

Meeting format and content will be identical.

For more information:
Email: regionalconnector@metro.net
The Web:
metro.net/regionalconnector
Facebook: facebook.com/regionalconnector
Twitter: @metroconnector or twitter.com/metroconnector
UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/community-update-meetings
Phone:  213.922.7277

Each meeting will have Japanese, Korean, and Spanish interpreters and materials available.

7 replies

  1. don’t need this you have the red line connecting to the blue line at 7 & metro. Gold line people can connect to the red line atr union station then connect to the blu line at 7 & metro don’t need the regional connector

  2. This BOON-DOGGLE is just the MTA’s way of showing its BIAS against bus riders, and towards its “light-rail” developers! Putting ANOTHER light-rail line to a location that TWO ALREADY EXIST AT, is worse then the idiocy of reducing bus lines on the claim that “one bus line duplicates another” (can someone please explain WHY the Purple and Red Lines DUPLICATE EACH OTHER TO 7th AND METRO CENTER?).

  3. @patrik

    Plenty of people are passing THROUGH downtown. Two separate transfers (one of which, at Union Station, is pretty brutal) to get through downtown makes no sense. This project will essentially result in both the Blue, Gold, and Expo Lines having more stops actually in the heart of downtown instead of only at the edges and it will allow passengers to pass through downtown with at most one-transfer to get them to the Northeast, East, South, and Western parts of the county. That’s a huge deal and it’s sorely needed NOW.

    It will greatly increase ridership potential since people *hate* transfers. Finally, the Regional Connector will also help provide some relief to the already over-crowded 7th Street Metro Center Station (soon to be worse when Expo opens).

    Build it SOON please!

  4. @ patrik

    I disagree. The regional connector will save alot of time for commuters who are a trying to travel cross county. The transfer situation you described can add alot to a passengers commute time.

    Once a person gets off the gold line at union station he/she would have to tranfer to the red line platform which is roughly 3-5 min walk. Second he/she would have to wait up to 5 mins, during rush, hour for a purple or red line train to depart out of union station. Once the train reaches 7th the passenger must change from the red/purple line platform to the blue line platform and wait up to another 6 mins, during rush hour, for a blue line train to depart.

    So the entire transfer sequence can easily add up to an additional 10+ mins on top of travel time through downtown. The regional connector aims to minimize transfer time for passengers traveling through downtown so ideally a passenger would only expect at most one transfer to complete his or her trip.

  5. I Think It Will Be A Great Idea Because Alot Of People Goes To 7th/Metro Center To Transfer. But It Will Be Great To Built Another Line That Connects W/ Blue/Expo Lines To The Gold Line.

    It Will Be More Better To Create More Trains Lines Like The Magante, Tan, & The Valley Lines Subway Trains? It Will Be A Great Study That The Magante Line Could Go From Lakewood Center To Burbank, The Tan Line Could Go From Lakewood Center To Santa Monica/San Vicente, & The Valley Line Could Go From Union Station To Victorville/Victor Valley Transit Center!

    * Magante & Tan Lines Could Share Track Just Like The Red & Purple Lines.
    *It Will Also Get The Cities Around Like Lakewood, Bellflower, Norwalk, Downey, South Gate, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Hollywood, & Burbank.
    * It Could Also Get A Great Study That The Magante & Tan Lines Could Run 24 Hours Due To West Hollywood Club Night.

    But For The Regional Connector Will Turn Out The Best!

  6. The connector is sorely needed; the 7th/metro station is getting very crowded during peak hours…

    We also need to get the Financial District/Central Library station back under consideration… Even if it is to be built sometime after the connector is complete and running.

  7. Thanks for the comments, everyone. Don’t forget that they’ll only be made official comments on the public record if you submit them through the formal channels.

    The easiest way is to send an email to regionalconnector@metro.net.

    Thanks,

    Carter Rubin,
    Contributor, The Source