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LA's Regional Connector project reaches halfway mark

The milestone means LA Metro is "one step closer" to providing a one-seat ride from LA's east side to the beach, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Photo – Garcetti's Twitter account


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is halfway finished constructing the $1.75 billion Regional Connector rail line in downtown Los Angeles.

The agency marked the milestone at a May 19 public event, which included construction site tours, according to a Metro press release.

The Regional Connector will be a 1.9-mile underground light-rail tunnel connecting the Blue, Expo and Gold lines in downtown Los Angeles. The project is designed to provide a one-seat ride across the county.

The Regional Connector is expected to save commuters up to 20 minutes in travel time by reducing the need to transfer when traveling to and through the downtown area.

In January, Metro completed the twin tunnels for the project. Construction now has turned toward finishing three underground stations and the last portion of a rail tunnel under Flower Street.

A Skanska-Traylor Brothers Inc. joint venture known as Regional Connector Constructors is designing and building the project.

The Regional Connector is slated to open in December 2021.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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