Early work began last week on a new entrance to the busy 7th/Metro Center Station in DTLA that serves the Blue Line, Expo Line and Red/Purple Lines. The entrance will connect the station on the north side of 7th Street to The Bloc shopping mall on the south side of 7th — i.e. the former Macy’s Plaza that is in the midst of getting a huge makeover.
The above video shows how the connection will work and below are a few pics of some of the construction equipment that will be used.
Work on the Bloc is expected to be completed in 2016 and Metro estimates that the new tunnel will be done by late ’16.
And here’s a Metro staff presentation on the project from earlier this year:
Metro has three other pedestrian-related projects of a similar ilk on the Red Line in the San Fernando Valley:
•A new pedestrian tunnel is being constructed under Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood to connect the Orange Line Station to the Red Line’s underground station. Completion is expected in 2016.
•At the Universal City Station, a pedestrian bridge is being constructed over Lankershim Boulevard to help people travel between the subway entrance and Universal City. Completion is expected in 2016.
•And in DTLA, elevators and a pedestrian bridge will help connect the Regional Connector’s 2nd/Hope Station to Disney Concert Hall, The Broad and Grand Avenue. The Regional Connector is currently forecast to be complete in 2020.