LOS Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced that the $US 1.8bn Regional Connector project, which will enable passengers to travel from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica on one train, will open on June 16.

The 3km link in the city centre, where construction began in 2013, will allow services to travel from Union Station and Pico/Aliso to 7th Street/Metro Center in the Financial District. Bridging this gap allows Metro to connect the L/Gold Line in the north and east with the A/Blue and E/Expo lines running to the south and west.

The Regional Connector has three new underground stations featuring artwork from more than 180 local artists: Little Tokyo/Arts District, Historic Broadway and Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill.

The Regional Connector serves three new underground stations. Map: Metro

Completion of the Regional Connector project improves connections by bringing together the L/Gold, A/Blue, E/Expo, B/Red and D/Purple lines at 7th Street/Metro Center. The new A and E lines will both serve five stations in downtown Los Angeles enabling passengers to easily change between the two lines. Passengers travelling to and through downtown Los Angeles could save up to 20 minutes as they will no longer have to change..

Metro will launch the Regional Connector with the existing 10-minute peak and 12-minute midday and weekend service frequencies operating on lines A and E.

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