Monday, March 30, 2009

LA weighs direct link for Blue, Gold lines

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Los Angeles is seeking public input, beginning Monday, to consider a proposal to connect its Blue and Gold light rail lines through downtown. At present, each line terminates at a station on the city’s Red Line subway, requiring transfers for passengers between Metro Center and Union Station.  

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold four meetings to gather public comment as part of an environmental review analyzing different possibilities for building the proposed two-mile link to simplify the process.

“By providing continuous through service between these lines, the regional connector will improve regional mobility, minimize transfers, reduce station crowding, and improve access to both local and regional destinations," a Metro statement says.

LACMTA officials, and rail transit advocates, estimate the connector could reduce one-way trips across the county by 10 to 30 minutes.