Work on the Regional Connector project continues to ramp up, as the above photos show.
The first five pics are of the work to move the Gold Line tracks on 1st Street so that the first of the two tunnel entrances for the Connector project could be built.
The remaining three images show some of the prep work being done at the adjacent property — the one bounded by 1st, Alameda and Central — where the new Little Tokyo underground station will be excavated.
More info here about the bus shuttle replacing Gold Line service between Union Station and Pico/Aliso while track 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 downtown Los Angeles on Metro Rail. The Connector is largely funded by Measure R — the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 2008 — and a federal grant.