The Connector is a 1.9-mile underground light rail line that will tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold lines in downtown Los Angeles, making it a lot easier and quicker to move about the region without having to transfer so much. The project is partially funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.
Here’s the announcement from the project team:
Update: Initiation of Advanced Utility Relocation ActivityWORK TO START NOVEMBER 2012
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 November 2012, with construction of the Regional Connector beginning in late 2013. Anticipated project completion is 2019. When: Beginning November 2012 and continuing through Fall 2013.
Utility relocations will generally take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Work may also need to be performed at certain locations during weekday peak periods, up to 11 p.m. at night and on Sundays, subject to City approval.
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 Fall 2013.
Where: Activities will be focused around Regional Connector station locations:
- 1st Street at Central Avenue
- 2nd Street at Broadway
- 2nd Street at Hope Street
What to Expect: Utility relocation activities will include the removal, realignment, and installation of new power, water, sewer, telephone, cable, and fiber optic lines. Specifically, there will be excavation and trenching in the area.
Current and completed activities for the Regional Connector have included investigative pothole drilling to determine the depth and location of existing utilities in order to prepare for relocation.
Sign up to receive notices for specific activities by following this link: http://eepurl.com/lqt29 Please call 213.922.7277 to request further information For the latest construction information, visit www.metro.net/regionalconnector Thank you for your patience and cooperation