On Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National meeting, representatives from the Metro Regional Connector Light Rail Transit team will be speaking about the transit project which could dramatically change Little Tokyo. It’s a chance for the public ask questions and view renderings of the four alternatives for a regional connector.
The purpose of the regional connector is to provide seamless travel for transit riders between the Metro Blue and Gold Lines, as well as the Gold Line Eastside Extension and Expo Line. Among the alternatives being considered is a subway line which would be at First and Alameda streets. Other alternatives include a street car option that would run along Main and Los Angeles streets, a bus and shuttle van system or to not build a connector at all.
The project, particularly the subway option, has raised concerns about noise pollution, pedestrian safety, the impact of construction on Little Tokyo businesses and the loss of parking spaces.