The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have prepared and released for public review a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project, an underground light rail system under construction that will connect the existing Metro Gold, Blue and Expo lines in downtown Los Angeles.
As directed by U.S. District Judge Kronstadt in May 2014, the DSEIS has been prepared solely to provide additional detail on tunneling methods not selected along the Flower Street portion of the project between 4th Street and the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. The tunneling methods discussed in the DSEIS include Open Face Shield and Sequential Excavation Method (SEM).
The public is invited to review and comment on the DSEIS. The public review and comment period is now open and ends on July 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The DSEIS is now available for viewing at www.metro.net/projects/connector.
The Regional Connector Project completes a 1.9-mile segment between the Metro Blue and Expo Lines and the Metro Gold Line by providing a direct connection with three new stations planned for 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles.
The Regional Connector Project, expected to be completed in 2020, will attract nearly 17,000 new daily riders and provide access to more than 88,000 passengers saving commuters up to 20 minutes off their daily commutes. It will provide a one-seat, one fare ride for commuters from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica without the need to transfer between rail lines for major east/west and north/south trips.
The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout the County. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.