Regional Connector Little Tokyo update: on track to start testing of shoofly track

Things are starting to look more and more put-back-together on the Gold Line in Little Tokyo! Construction has been completed on the shoofly track, the temporary track that will allow the Gold Line to keep running while other construction activities continue.

Train testing on the new track will begin next week. Once the California Public Utilities Commission approves of the new track, we can reopen the stretch of track between Union Station and Pico/Aliso.

At this time, we are scheduled to reopen Little Tokyo/Arts District Station on March 21. Stay tuned!

More info here about the bus shuttle replacing Gold Line service between Union Station and Pico/Aliso while construction work continues.

And more here about Metro’s parking validation program to help support businesses in Little Tokyo during construction.

The Regional Connector project is tying together the Gold Line, Blue Line and Expo Line via a new 1.9-mile underground rail tunnel in downtown Los Angeles that will also include three stations (Little Tokyo, 2nd/Broadway and 2nd/Hope). The project will reduce the number of transfers for riders traveling through and to DTLA on Metro Rail. The Connector is largely funded by a federal grant and Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.

9 replies

  1. For something that is only temporary (until 2019-2020) that is one permanent looking piece of track structure!

  2. So on March 21st, hopefully all goes well and that stretch is opened, will there be new schedules tying the entire Gold Line together? From Azusa all the way into East Los Angeles, or will there still be separated schedules or what’s going to happen with all of that?

    • Hi Alex,

      The schedule on the extension will not change. We’ll update once the new timetables are available, but at this time we expect service to return to schedule prior to closure.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  3. Are you planing on adding additional cars to the train since ridership has increase in the Gold line

  4. Why is the track paved if it’s only temporary and not intended to be shared with cars? Seems unnecessary.