Los Angeles Metro opens regional connector and three new DTLA Stations
Metro opens a newly constructed 1.9-mile rail link that provides immediate access to additional DTLA stations while connecting riders from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) officially opened the Regional Connector transit project in June 2023. The project, which began in 2013, now offers two new routes from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The Regional Connector will transform the way riders experience the Metro system, providing a seamless journey across L.A. County with no transfers required, and three new underground stations:
- Little Tokyo/Arts District Station where riders will have easy access to historically rich and vibrant neighbourhoods and cultural institutions.
- Historic Broadway Station features two nationally registered districts: the Broadway Theater District, with 12 original theaters within seven blocks and Old Spring Street, known as the original Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles.
- Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station connects riders to downtown’s performing arts institutions, museums, fine dining experiences and more.
The completion of the project improves connections by bringing together the Metro L (Gold), A (Blue), E (Expo), B (Red) and D (Purple) lines at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. The new A and E lines will share five DTLA stations giving travellers plenty of transfer options along the way.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the opening of the Regional Connector,” said Chris Heywood, Senior Vice President, Global Communications at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “Not only does Los Angeles have the longest light rail line in the U.S., but now riders can connect throughout L.A. County through three new stations and visit the city’s hidden gems, public parks, and DTLA’s cultural events and venues.”
With many key destinations located within walking distance of the new underground stations, visitors can connect to major attractions like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Little Tokyo, Arts District, Colburn School, Million Dollar Theater, and more. Tourists can also save money by making the most of affordable Metro fares, at just $1.75 (£1.35) for a ride, $5 (£3.90) for a day pass or $18 (£14) for a week.
The three new underground stations include eight new commissioned artworks. In addition, a temporary exhibition of artworks by Ralph Gilbert and Samira Yamin is on view at the Grand Ave Arts/Bunker Hill and Historic Broadway Stations as part of the Metro Art Lightbox Exhibition Program.
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