UPDATE: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station closure rescheduled to future date

UPDATE: The April 21-22 closure is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a future date. We will update as soon as we have more information.

The Metro Gold Line Tokyo/Arts District Station will be closed on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 as work progresses on the Regional Connector Transit Project. While the station is closed, construction crews will begin building the 1st Street portal, where trains to/from East Los Angeles will enter and exit the new tunnel.

Free bus shuttles will be available to pick-up and drop-off riders between Union Station, Little Tokyo and Pico/Aliso Stations. Buses will operate every 12 minutes. The trip between Union Station and Pico/Aliso is expected to take about 15 minutes.

  • The Little Tokyo/Arts District shuttles will pick-up and drop-off at Temple/Alameda.
  • The Union Station shuttle stop will be located at Patsaouras Plaza Bay 7.
  • Shuttles for Pico/Aliso Station will pick up at Marquez/1st and drop off at 1st/Mission.

For alternate service, consider the Metro Local 30, which travels along the Gold Line between Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles. Don’t forget: Metro will be offering free rides on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.

Gold Line trains between APU/Citrus College – Union Station and Pico/Aliso – Atlantic are slated to run every 12 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes late-night.

Train service to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and regular fares will resume Monday, April 23 at start of service.

Metro and project contractors are also planning weekend street closures on westbound 1st Street between Vignes St. and Alameda St. Road closures will begin from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

  • Friday, April 20 – Monday, April 23
  • Friday, April 28 – Monday, April 30
  • Friday, May 4 – Monday, May 7
  • Friday, May 11 – Monday, May 14

Eastbound 1st St. will remain open and pedestrian walkways will be accessible at all times. For more information, see the construction notice.

The Regional connect is a 1.9 mile underground light rail line that will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Line to Downtown Los Angeles. The project includes three new stations at 1st/Central, 2nd/Broadway and 2nd/Hope. The project will allow more frequent light rail service and reduce the amount of transfers needed to reach your destination.

For more construction updates on the Regional Connector, visit metro.net/regionalconnector.

5 replies

  1. Umm, so I’m assuming by the illustration above, the Blue Line will only be going as far as Pasadena??

    If so, then I am so glad to know that as that means there will still be Gold Line only trains from Downtown to Montclair. Especially as the Blue Line is extremely unreliable.

    • The map on the post above was made before the Gold Line extension to Azusa was opened. The current Gold Line to Azusa will become the Blue Line (going from DT Long Beach to APU) and the current Expo Line will become the Gold Line (from Santa Monica to Atlantic Station). This will reduce the current 3 light-rail lines we have in the area now to just 2, one going North/South and the other East/West. This should allow for greater frequency and reliability on these lines since there won’t be the dwell times at 7th/Metro to turn around Expo/Blue line trains and all of the maintenance yards will be interconnected so that it will be easy to add service across the system.

    • Dave: Assume that Metro graphics are up-to-date at your own risk.
      My guess is that the Blue Line operating plan will go all the way from LB to Montclair (with 10 minute headways) during off-peak hours, but they will have a hybrid service during peak hours, something like A) LB to Sierra Madre (10-minute) and Willow to Montclair (10-minute).

  2. Lexi: This post is confusing. Was the closure originally scheduled for April 21-22, and the rescheduled date has yet to be announced? Or was the closure originally scheduled for an earlier date and April 21-22 is the rescheduled date?
    Thanks in advance for the clarification.

    • Hi,

      Sorry for any confusion, the closure that was originally slated to take place April 21-22 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source