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The Metro Downtown Regional Connector

The Downtown Regional Connector (or officially the Metro Regional Connector) is a mile and a half gap between the Blue, Gold and Expo Lines from the Julian Dixon 7th Street / Flower Street Station to Little Tokyo/Arts District 1st St./Alameda Street Station. Metro is holding public meetings to describe the project and receive community input.

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2008: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Japanese America National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008: 11:59 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Central Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Related Items

  • Downtown Regional Connector Presentation - Meetings 02/26 & 28 (PDF, 6.8 MB)
  • You can't ride a study - Editorial from the Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2005
  • Letters to the Editor - Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2005
  • The Transit Coalition Downtown Regional Connector Presentation - (PDF, 1.25 MB)
  • Downtown Regional Connector PowerPoint Presentation - (2.1 MB)
  • Los Angeles Times
    Letters to the Editor
    Saturday - September 24, 2005

    With the option to expand Westside freeways and surface streets pretty much a thing of the past, the remaining options to address congestion are to build mass transit or do nothing. As to those "shortsighted politicians and NIMBY Westside residents" referred to in your editorial, I'm sure that for years they have weighed the question of what the financial cost and impact of building mass transit would be.

    Perhaps now the question should instead be: What is the financial cost and impact of doing nothing? Doing nothing is no longer a viable option.

    President, the Transit Coalition, L.A.

    Twenty-three-mile-long tunnels through the mountains in order to relieve traffic congestion at a cost of billions — you're kidding, right? If ever there was an idea demonstrating the poverty of current thinking about our automobile obsession, this is it. It's time to remove fantasy from public policy debate about the design for our cities in the 21st century — the notion that we can continue single-passenger, longdistance commutes from suburbs to job sites in the coming decades with falling supplies and rising prices for fossil fuels. Infrastructure that enables this behavior is a recipe for disaster.

    We need to pull the transportation problem back into the mix of overall community design and start thinking seriously about re-localization of our neighborhoods, with public transportation as the connector.

    Valley Village

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