Metro to Discuss Environmental Studies for Regional Connector

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Rendering of a Regional Connector station under Second Street. (Metro)

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Metro officials plan to unveil the almost-final environmental studies for a proposed downtown train tunnel to connect light-rail lines serving Long Beach, the San Gabriel Valley and the Eastside and Westside of Los Angeles.

The MTA announced its engineers are finishing environmental plans for the light rail tunnel, and will show them to downtown residents and commuters at midday Tuesday and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The MTA board has yet to approve the environmental plans, but has already approved the concept and funding for what MTA staff says is a priority project to tie together 85 miles of light rail tracks across most of the county.

The “Regional Connector” tunnel would allow “one-seat” train service from Long Beach to Claremont, or Santa Monica to East Los Angeles. The 1.9-mile-long tunnel would extend north below Flower Street from Seventh to Second streets, then curve east below the Second Street vehicle tunnel under Bunker Hill. It would connect to the new Yellow Line tracks between Union Station and the Little Tokyo Station.

New underground train stations would be built at the Central Library, Disney Hall, near Angel’s Flight and just west of Little Tokyo. The $1.2 billion project is funded primarily by local sales tax funds approved by voters, and is slated to open in about 2018.

The schedule of public meetings is as follows:

• Tuesday, June 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Coburn School of Music, 200 S. Grand Ave.

• Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St.

• Thursday, June 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Los Angeles Times Community Room, 145 S. Spring St.

Each meeting will have Japanese, Korean and Spanish interpreters available.

Requests for special accommodations must be made at least three working days in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Call the project information line at (213) 922-7277 or the California Relay Service at 711.

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The JANM meeting can be viewed at http://ustream.tv/user/Regional_Connector.

For more information, call the above number or visit http://metro.net/regionalconnector.

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  1. We look forward to seeing the community at the upcoming meetings. The presentation will review the station areas, and talk about the next steps for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project. The presentation does not include an “unveiling” of the Final EIS/EIR. Metro anticipates releasing the Final EIS/EIR in the fall.

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