Regional Connector Transit Corridor

Downtown Los Angeles, CA


Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $1.7 Billion (U.S. Dollars)
Completion Date: 2021


Anil Verma Associates, Inc., is the Architect of Record (AOR) and Landscape Architect of Record (LAOR) and assisting with Civil Engineering in the design of three underground stations and their plazas in downtown Los Angeles.  This $1.7 Billion project is a continuation of the Long Beach – Los Angeles Blue Line Transit System from 7th and Flower Street Metro Red & Blue Line intermodal station to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.  It runs along Flower Street, turns eastwards below 2nd Street and follows Alameda Street into the eastern side of Union Station in underground cut and cover and tunnel configurations. This system will ultimately connect the Gold Line from Pasadena/Claremont to Culver City/Santa Monica, and also to the City of Long Beach and East Los Angeles as a single ride.


The challenge is to design all three underground stations to work within the urban fabric of their respective neighborhoods and to meet the desires of the communities surrounding them, while also supporting existing buildings and infrastructure.

  • 1st/Central Station lies in the Little Tokyo area across the Japanese American Museum (JAM) of Los Angeles and is very close to the Arts District.  Along with the large museum plaza and the gathering areas at the Japanese Village, the Metro station plaza will serve to provide a third community anchor helping to complete the framework for a significant gathering space to be utilized for large public events.  The station area is surrounded by three of the most well known Buddhist Japanese American Temples and the oldest Christian Japanese American Church.  It’s in the midst of a thriving retail commercial and growing high-density residential center of downtown Los Angeles, posing construction challenges.
  • 2nd/Broadway Station lies in the historic district of Los Angeles between Spring and Broadway Streets. It serves the old financial, entertainment, and retail district of downtown.  This station also crosses over Metro Red Line heavy rail tunnels posing challenges to underground station layouts, and supports major utilities and underpins existing high rise building foundations. This station will potentially have a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) office tower above its 2nd Street/Broadway Street entrance.  This tower is likely to cover a good part of the city block along with underground parking.  The Regional Connector interfaces with the future streetcar system on Broadway Street.
  • 2nd/Hope Station is close to the Music Center and the financial hub of Bunker Hill and is connected from the underground station to a plaza level by high-speed elevators. A pedestrian bridge connects the plaza to Disney Hall, the Music Center, popular museums of Grand Avenue, and the upper level of Bunker Hill financial district.

All three stations had major challenges for the layout of ancillary equipment rooms, public concourses and entrances along with systems integration and construction interface issues with various Metro lines, and future transit lines.




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