The work began Friday to remove the concrete between between the Bloc and 7th St/Metro Center. Once completed this winter, Metro riders will be able to go straight between the nicely revamped outdoor mall and the busy train station for the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red Lines without having to cross 7th Street.
My colleague Anna Chen is very excited about this rail station-to-mall direct connection — it reminds her of the Taipei MRT which has several stations that exit directly into department stores and shopping centers. For Metro, this is a great step in the right direction.
Here are some pics — all views from the Bloc side:
These are from Friday from the Bloc side:
And then from over the weekend:
And the guys who did a lot of the work for the Ratkovich Company:
And finally, a glimpse of what it will look like once the underpass is complete and you can walk directly from station to mall: