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Fully Underground Light Rail Train Connector in Downtown Approved

Conceptual regional connector map | Image via Metro
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After approving the Westside Subway Extension, the Metro Board of Directors this afternoon also voted in favor of another major public transit project: a fully underground regional connector in downtown Los Angeles. The 1.9 mile light rail line would fill a gap missing in Metro's transit network. Currently, to go from Pasadena to Long Beach, you take the Gold Line to Union Station, go down two flights of stairs (plus a walk down a hallway), hop on the Red Line three stops to the 7th Metro Station, go up a flight of stairs and board the Blue Line train. That's just one of the many current scenarios in L.A.'s transit hub that is downtown, but talk about a hassle and delay.

What the regional connector aims to do is connect the three light rail lines to avoid the sometimes lengthy transfers. Once completed, the project will enable riders to go between Pasadena and Long Beach or East L.A. and Santa Monica without ever leaving your seat. It is slated to open in 2019, but could open earlier if the 30/10 vision, which would accelerate 12 public transit projects planned for 30 years into 10 years with federal loans, is successful.