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Downtown Connector Study Excitement: Underground Option Added

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At Metro's board meeting yesterday, the transit agency made nice with the folks of Little Tokyo by adding their preferred alternative to the environmental impact report for the Regional Connector line, which will link up numerous light-rails. Little Tokyans urged Metro to consider this new option, which would allow Expo and Blue Line trains to meet up with the Gold Line at 1st and Alameda underground. This differs from another option, which has the train emerging from the ground at the southwest corner of 1st/Alameda and crossing the street at-grade, increasing the chances for accidents and necessitating partial demolition of the Office Depot shopping center. If picked, an underground station would be built near 1st and Alameda. Metro will pick a route later this year, with groundbreaking hopes in 2014 and opening in 2018/9.
· Regional Connector Underground Alternative Approved for Further Study [Metro]
· Regional Connector: Know All the Possible Downtown Stops [Curbed LA]