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Little Tokyo Metro stop to shut for 3 months during construction of regional connector

Metrolink and Gold Line at Union Station.
Metrolink and Gold Line at Union Station.
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After delaying construction for the holidays, Metro will shut down its Gold Line train service between the Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station for three months starting Jan. 8. 

The work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, a 1.9-mile rail line that will connect the Metro Blue and Expo Lines and the Metro Gold Line. It’s expected to be completed in 2020.  

Crews will begin work on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. at 1st Street and Alameda Street in preparation for tunneling operations. According to Metro, the Gold Line will resume regular service in late March. Buses will shuttle passengers between Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Station in Little Tokyo in the meantime.

Metro will also close the intersection at 1st Street and Alameda on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. through Jan. 11 at 4 a.m., with subsequent weekend closures scheduled for February. 

The traffic impacts of the construction, according to Metro, include:

Weekday Traffic Impacts

Thru traffic will be maintained on Alameda Street between Temple Street and 2nd Street with one lane open in each direction. Westbound 1st Street will be closed between Alameda Street and Vignes Street 24 hours a day from January 8, 2016 through March 2016. One thru lane on eastbound 1st Street will be maintained between Alameda Street and Vignes Street. Full closure of 1st Street between Central Avenue and Alameda Street will also take place intermittently.

Weekday Detours

Westbound 1st Street traffic will be detoured right on Vignes Street, left on Temple Street, left on Judge Aiso Street, back to 1st Street. Eastbound 1st Street traffic will be detoured left on Judge Aiso Street, right on Temple Street, right on Vignes Street back to 1st Street.

Weekend Detours

No thru traffic on Alameda between Temple and 2nd street. First Street will be closed to all but local traffic.