The new pedestrian tunnel connecting the Orange Line and Red Line stations in North Hollywood opened on Monday morning. The project should eliminate for many riders the mad dash across busy Lankershim Boulevard to catch a bus or train (see the bottom pic taken this morning about 11 a.m.).
Above are a few pics of the project in the minutes before elected officials cut a pair of ribbons. As of noon, the project was officially open to the public and everyone can use the tunnel for the Monday p.m. commute.
From Metro’s news release, a few factoids:
•The design-build project cost $22 million and took approximately two years to construct. The U.S. Department of Transportation contributed a $10 million livability and sustainability grant for the project.
•The project is Metro’s latest effort to build safer pedestrian connections on its system. The tunnel is expected to save riders four to five minutes when walking from an Orange Line bus to the Red Line platform — a substantial savings that will help Metro patrons make their bus and rail connections.
•This fall, Groundwork Coffee is expected to move into the newly refurbished and historic Lankershim Depot next to the new Orange Line tunnel portal. Metro is also planning to build a Metro Bike Hub in 2018 that will provide secure bicycle parking, retail and repair services on the depot’s grounds. Now that the real estate market has rebounded, Metro is moving forward with plans to develop nearly 16 acres of Metro-owned property adjacent to the station.
Here’s a video with some remarks by elected officials who cut the ribbon on the project Monday morning: