Regional Connector Little Tokyo update: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to reopen March 20

After being closed for three months due to Regional Connector construction, the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is ready to reopen! Gold Line trains will once again run end to end — from Azusa to East L.A. — with the start of service on Sunday, March 20.

Construction activities in the area for the future underground 1st St/Central Ave Station will continue, with additional weekend street closures on 1st Street and Alameda set to take place in May. Dates and times will be announced once the schedule is set.

We’d like to thank everyone who was affected by this closure, and those who may be affected by any upcoming construction work: we know it’s a pain in the rear, but ultimately we’re building connections that will make it easier for you to get around!

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 a federal grant and Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.

Here’s the full press release from Metro.

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5 replies

  1. Olvera Street will be having the Cinco de Mayo two day celebration on April 30 and May 1, since May 5 is on a Thursday.

    Please do not shut down the street on May 1. Thank you, El Pueblo Historical Monument

  2. Gold Line schedules changed on 03/20/16. Please check for updates.

  3. I looked at the ridership stats for February (before the Foothill extension opened), and ridership on the Gold Line was up 3 percent from January. I think this is because riders between the Pasadena and Eastside segments were double counted as they boarded the Gold Line twice on the same trip.

  4. Once the Regional Connector is Finished there will be No more Gold Line as all tracks north of 1st and Alameda will be come the Blue Line and the Tracks to Atlantic will become the EXPO Line