Some good news from Metro staff working on the Regional Connector project in downtown. Here's the announcement:
What: The Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project will extend Light Rail Transit (LRT) tracks 1.9 miles underground through Downtown Los Angeles, connecting the Metro Gold, Blue, and Expo lines. The project also includes the construction of three new stations located at 1st/Central, 2nd/Broadway, and 2nd/Hope. Utility relocation activities are expected to begin in August 2012, with construction of the Regional Connector beginning in late 2013. Anticipated project completion is 2019.
When: Beginning August 2012 and continuing through August 2013.
Metro has secured a permit from the City of Los Angeles to complete utility relocation work from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
This work is being completed in advance of the Regional Connector construction. Activities such as tunnel boring and station construction will not begin until Metro has selected a Design/Build contractor, which is expected in 2013.