The Mariachi Plaza Gold Line subway stop in Boyle Heights hosted a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for Metro's Bailey Streetscape Project. The Measure R transit tax-funded project attempts to transform the station-adjacent Bailey Street into an extension of Mariachi Plaza, the small pedestrian esplanade that serves as a Boyle Heights gathering spot. Curbs and sidewalks will be extended, enhanced crosswalks created, small garden areas planted, and landscaping, shade treas, seating, lighting, and trash cans added on Bailey, from First Avenue to Pennsylvania Street, where the White Memorial Medical Center is located. The Mariachi Station plan is part of the $12 million, Measure R-funded Eastside Access project that will bring pedestrian- and cyclist-minded improvements to four Gold Line stops: Mariachi Plaza, Pico/Aliso, Soto, and Indiana. The area could use some pedestrianizing as it's sliced by the 5, 10, and 710 freeways.
· Eastside Access Project [Metro]