metro sign1As part of ongoing construction work for the Regional Connector Transit Project, workers will begin the process of relocating Metro Gold Line tracks at First Street and Alameda Street in the Little Tokyo area in preparation for the start of tunneling operations.

The work is set to begin Friday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m. to move existing Gold Line tracks approximately 40 feet to the north of First Street at Alameda and to reconfigure the southern station entrance of the existing Little Tokyo Gold Line Station. The work is expected to take up to three months to complete.

As a result, there will be no Gold Line train service between Union Station and the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station. Metro will operate a series of bus shuttles between the two stations to provide Gold Line patrons service to the Little Tokyo area and Pico/Aliso station during the three-month closure. Once completed in late March, Gold Line train service will be restored to normal operation.

Gold Line riders who usually travel either to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station or through the impacted area, depending on direction of travel, will either need to get off the Gold Line at Union Station or the Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station and board the Gold Line shuttle buses. Travel delays through this area are expected and Metro encourages the public to make adjustments to their schedules when using the Gold Line in this area.

Gold Line service will operate between the Pico/Aliso Station and the Gold Line Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles every 10 minutes during the peak periods. Metro will continue to operate regular service on the Gold Line between Union Station and the Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena.

In addition, to minimize construction impacts and help support the Little Tokyo business community through the period of the station’s closure, Metro will provide a free Little Tokyo/Arts District Shuttle to circulate through the shopping district and a Little Tokyo Validation Parking Program at three area parking lots: Mangrove Parking Lot at 414 E. Temple St.; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Parking Lot, 222 S. Hewitt St. (enter on Third Street); and Sho Tokyo Parking Lot/Joe’s Parking Lot, 350 E. Second St. Ask the Little Tokyo business for a “Metro validation” and present it to the parking attendant when ready to depart.

To further facilitate construction, Metro and the contractor are planning weekend closures of the First and Alameda intersection. Closures are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8. at 9 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 11, at 4 a.m. Subsequent weekend closures are scheduled for Feb. 12 to 15, Feb. 19 to 22, and Feb. 26 to 29.

Weekday Traffic Impacts

Through traffic will be maintained on Alameda between Temple and Second streets with one lane open in each direction. Westbound First Street will be closed between Alameda and Vignes Street 24 hours a day from Jan. 8 through March. One through lane on eastbound First Street will be maintained between Alameda and Vignes. Full closure of First between Central Avenue and Alameda will also take place intermittently.

Weekday Detours

Westbound First Street traffic will be detoured right on Vignes, left on Temple, left on Judge John Aiso Street, and back to First. Eastbound First Street traffic will be detoured left on Judge John Aiso, right on Temple, right on Vignes, and back to First.

Weekend Detours

No through traffic on Alameda between Temple and Second Street. First Street will be closed to all but local traffic.

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