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LA Metro Sets Opening Date for Regional Connector

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on May 22 announced that the $1.8 billion Regional Connector transit project, which will take riders from Azusa to Long Beach and from East L.A. to Santa Monica on one train, will officially open to the public on June 16.

The project, which began in 2013, includes 1.9 miles of new laid track that will allow light rail trains to travel between Union Station and the 7th Street/Metro Center in Downtown’s Financial District—a journey that, prior to the Regional Connector, Metro says, is one that only the agency’s heavy rail lines could make.

According to Metro, bridging this gap allows the agency to merge the hook-shaped L (Gold Line) with the A (Blue) and E (Expo) lines, creating two serpent-like train lines where there was once one. The Regional Connector includes three new underground stations featuring artwork from more than 180 local artists. The new stations are as follows: