The Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo Arts District Station will be closed all day on Saturday, April 21, to allow the Regional Connector Constructors (RCC) to perform pile and deck installation activities at the 1st Street portal section of the Regional Connector Transit Project.
The $1.75-billion Regional Connector Transit Project is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail tunnel that will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines 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 project 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 when traveling to and through downtown L.A. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021, according to a news release from Metro.
Gold Line service will stop at 3 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 and reopen at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. The station closure is for one day only. Rail service will be replaced by a free bus shuttle between Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station. Trains will run from APU Citrus College Station to Union Station, where a shuttle bus will replace rail service until, Pico/Aliso Station. Rail will resume at Pico/Aliso Station to Atlantic Station.
In addition to light rail closures, the construction will close nearby westbound lanes on 1st Street between Vignes Street and Alameda Street for four weekends. Road closures will be in place each weekend from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday on April 20 to April 23, April 28 to April 30, May 4 to May 7 and May 11 to May 14.
When the Arts District/Little Tokyo Station reopens, on Sunday all rides will be free in celebration of Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. All 170 Metro bus routes and six major rail lines will be free to the public from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Bus fare boxes will be deactivated and all train station fare gates will be opened to enable county residents to freely use public transit for all of their transportation needs, according to a news release.