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Pedestrian Tunnel Connecting Metro Red And Orange Lines Opens Today

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A new tunnel connecting Metro’s Red and Orange lines will open today in North Hollywood, allowing pedestrians a safer, faster way to get across Lankershim Boulevard. The $22 million tunnel runs underground, linking the North Hollywood Red Line Station with the plaza of the Metro Orange Line Station, according to a release from the city of Los Angeles. This should enable Metro riders to shave off about four or five minutes when transferring, as they can avoid crossing busy Lankershim.

The project also added a station plaza area, escalators, elevators, TAP card vending machines and TAP fare gates. There is also new signage in the form of a "Metro Pin" that marks entry to the tunnel, according to Metro's The Source. Metro is hoping to use this same pin, designed by Sussman/Prejza and Co., in other new Metro projects as well.

A ribbon cutting will be held today at the North Hollywood Metro Orange Line Station at 11 a.m., and then the tunnel will be open for public use.