The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced street restoration work will begin in the area of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station beginning Jan. 10, with traffic impacts in the area through Aug. 31, 2020.
The restoration work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project. The various street closures are needed as construction crews begin removing the temporary deck panels at the 1st Street and Alameda Street intersection. The street restoration work is anticipated to last for approximately eight months. Additional work may be scheduled later if needed. Access to adjacent businesses will always be maintained, and pedestrian crosswalks on 1st Street and Alameda Street may be restricted intermittently during the restoration work.
The Regional Connector Transit Project is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the A Line (Blue), the E Line (Expo) and the L Line (Gold) in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street. The rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily – including 17,000 new riders – and save commuters up to 20 minutes by reducing the need to transfer for those riding to and through downtown L.A. The project is forecast to be completed in 2022.
The new L.A. Metro rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout L.A. County. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire L.A. Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.