Fresh pics: construction of the Regional Connector’s Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

I shot these last Tuesday. Please feel free to use on media, blogs and social media. The Regional Connector project is a 1.9-mile rail tunnel in downtown Los Angeles that is tying together the Gold Line, Blue Line and Expo Line. When complete — scheduled for 2021 — the project will reduce the need to transfer for many riders and allow trains to run directly between Santa Monica and East Los Angeles and between Azusa and Long Beach.

The Connector is also adding three new stations in DTLA. One will replace the existing Little Tokyo Station on the Gold Line. The other two are at 2nd/Broadway and 2nd/Hope. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday will consider approving the names for the new stations. The proposed names are:

•Little Tokyo/Arts District, located between 1st, 2nd, Central and Alameda. It will be nice not having to cross Alameda or 1st to reach the station.

•Historic Broadway, located at 2nd and Broadway. It will be a one block walk of about .2 miles to get to Grand Central Market, which is also near the Pershing Square Red/Purple Line station. So if you think the line for Egg Slut is long now…

•Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill, located at 2nd and Hope — on the backside of Disney Concert Hall and the Broad. The station will include elevators to bring people up to a walkway level with Grand Avenue.

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  1. Any chance they will build the second pedestrian entrance to this station at flower and 3rd? I remember that it was an option that was removed because of cost. It would benefit the Finacial district transit users to be able to just walk directly onto flower instead of having to walk up and down the hill to 2nd.

    • The ‘preliminary’ drawing from the Final EIR shows three entrances with one at Flower and 3rd, one at Hope and 2nd, and one at Hope and Kosciuszko. IIRC funding for a ped bridge and ramp up to Grand has been obtained. Don’t know if the entrance at Flower and 3rd will extend under 3rd to avoid street traffic.
      BTW it would be nice if Metro would provide more ‘construction geek’ details such as how the station box will be constructed. Kind of hard to figure out from photos alone. TIA, Mike