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Metro opens a newly constructed 1.9-mile rail link that provides immediate access to additional DTLA stations while connecting riders from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica.


LOS ANGELES, CA (June 2023) – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) officially opened the Regional Connector transit project on June 16, 2023. The project, which began in 2013, now offers two new routes from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The Regional Connector will transform the way riders experience the Metro system, providing a seamless journey across L.A. County with no transfers required, and three new underground stations:

•    Little Tokyo/Arts District Station where riders will have easy access to historically rich and vibrant neighborhoods and cultural institutions.

•    Historic Broadway Station features two nationally registered districts: the Broadway Theater District, with 12 original theaters within seven blocks and Old Spring Street, known as the original Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles.

•    Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station connects riders to downtown’s performing arts institutions, museums, fine dining experiences and more.

The completion of the project improves connections by bringing together the Metro L (Gold), A (Blue), E (Expo), B (Red) and D (Purple) lines at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. The new A and E lines will share five DTLA stations giving travelers plenty of transfer options along the way. 

“We couldn’t be more excited for the opening of the Regional Connector,” said Chris Heywood, Senior Vice President, Global Communications at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “Not only does Los Angeles have the longest light rail line in the U.S., but now riders can connect throughout L.A. County through three new stations and visit the city’s hidden gems, public parks, and DTLA’s cultural events and venues.”

With many key destinations located within walking distance of the new underground stations, Angelenos and visitors can connect to major attractions like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Little Tokyo, Arts District, Colburn School, Million Dollar Theater, and more. 

The three new underground stations include eight new artworks commissioned through the agency’s Metro Art program. Site-responsive artworks by Andrea Bowers, Audrey Chan, Mark Steven Greenfield, Ann Hamilton, Pearl C. Hsiung, Clare Rojas, Mungo Thomson, and Clarence Williams animate the plaza, concourse, and platform levels. In addition, a temporary exhibition of artworks by Ralph Gilbert and Samira Yamin is on view at the Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill and Historic Broadway Stations as part of the Metro Art Lightbox Exhibition Program.

For additional information about the Metro Regional Connector, please visit metro.net/regionalconnector.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism) is the non-profit destination marketing and sales organization for the Los Angeles tourism industry and the ultimate resource for where to stay and play in the L.A. area.

Los Angeles is a dynamic, ever-evolving destination – where diversity thrives, and everyone is welcome. Discover the true LA by exploring its more than 30 culturally rich neighborhoods, each one offering a distinct vibe. LA is home to more than 300 days of warm sunshine, 75 miles of idyllic shoreline, more museums and performing arts venues than any other US city, and an innovative culinary scene led by influential tastemakers. A global creative capital and the epicenter of the sports universe, LA presents limitless possibilities for visitors from around the world. For more information, visit discoverlosangeles.com, follow at facebook.com/DiscoverLosAngeles, or @discoverLA on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries about 880,000 boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and seven rail lines.

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