Thursday, April 08, 2010

LACMTA outlines plan for LRT “Regional Connector”

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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday offered a media briefing on its  proposed light rail transit “Regional Connector,” which would unite Los Angeles LRT operations by linking them through downtown.

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LACMTA said the Regional Connector would eliminate some existing transfers, allowing through-center city travel on LRT from Pasadena to Long Beach or from East LA to Culver City. The agency offered as an option an underground route through Little Tokyo, but some critics note the Regional Connector would generate a new transfer point within Little Tokyo itself.

The agency said the Regional Connector would generate about 17,000 new riders and boost ridership on several existing lines, including some double-digit projected increases.

Trip times also would be reduced significantly, LACMTA said: a trip from East LAto USC, now estimated to take 44 minutes, would be only 31 minutes with the connector. At present, riders can bridge the gap by using LA's Red Line between Union Station and 7th Street Metro Center stations (see map). 

LACMTA plans to complete its Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Report (DEIS/R) this summer, and will hold another round of public hearings following its release.