New pics: Regional Connector construction progress in Little Tokyo

Regional Connector construction work continues in Little Tokyo. The existing Gold Line tracks between Vignes Street and Temple Avenue have been removed and work is underway on the temporary track — called a shoofly — that will be used by the Gold Line until the Regional Connector is completed.

Utility relocation work continues along 1st Street and a soldier pile beam for the future underground 1st/Central Station in Little Tokyo has been installed.

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 DTLA 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.

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    • Hi Diana,

      The station is currently expected to reopen in late March, and we’ll update if there are any changes.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

    • Hi Danny,

      Right now it is projected to wrap in late March, but we’ll have a better estimate from the construction team in the next week or so.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  1. The Gold Line tracks there are relatively recent and the through-running track project has been talked about for years. Why wasn’t this done originally?

    • The war on infrastructure jargon is never-ending.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. The two Metro staff I saw at the Judge John Asio/1st shuttle stop on Saturday were really friendly and helpful!