Little Tokyo Business Association/Business Improvement District News
What is the Regional Connector?
The Regional Connector is a critically important rail connection project overwhelmingly approved by voters of the Measure R sales tax ordinance for LA County transportation improvements. It improves mobility through downtown Los Angeles, but its benefits also bring significant mobility improvements for transit commuters throughout LA County. The project 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 Regional Connector completes a 1.9-mile gap between the Metro Blue Line 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. Once built, the Regional Connector Project will attract 17,000 new daily riders and provide access to more than 90,000 passengers saving commuters up to 20 minutes off their daily commutes, and will help create a total economic output of over $2.2 billion and create 16,469 direct and indirect jobs during construction. It is also estimated to create an increase in state and local tax revenues of more than $93 million.