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The Gold Line Is Open From 'End to End' For the First Time

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Take a light rail ride from Azusa all the way to East LA

Since January 8, the Gold Line's been running with the help of bus shuttles to bridge the gap in service resulting from the temporary closure of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. The closure was definitely necessary: the station was shuttered to accommodate construction on the Regional Connector, which will eventually link the Gold, Expo, and Blue lines, and create a one-seat, transfer-free ride from, say, the Gold Line's new terminus in Azusa all the way to Long Beach.

But now the shuttle buses between Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Station are finally out of the picture—the Little Tokyo station is open once again and the Gold Line is running from "end to end" without an interruption in the line, says The Source. Service from East LA to Azusa began yesterday, for the first time ever, since that last leg only opened earlier this month.

However, there's still a lot more work to be done on the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile underground tunnel that will add three new stations Downtown. And more work means that there are still a few big street closures on the horizon.

According to a release from Metro, there will be three 55-hour closures of the First Street and Alameda intersection over select weekends in May. The three weekends haven't yet been decided, but "Dates and times will be announced once the schedule is set."

When complete, the Regional Connector will have stations at First Street/Central Avenue, Second Street/Broadway, and Second Place/Hope Street, which will have a fancy elevator and pedestrian bridge up to Bunker Hill.