LA gets nearly $670M to link downtown trains underground

From KPCC:

The light rail transit system in Los Angeles is getting nearly $670 million to solve one of its most vexing problems.

Right now, train riders who want to travel from one side of downtown and out the other must transfer twice.

On Thursday, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Federal Transit Administration signed a pair of agreements that will give half of the money needed to complete a $1.4 billion project that will take passengers under downtown L.A. without leaving their seats.

The project, known as the Regional Connector, will link up three existing light rail lines with a new tunnel and three new stations over 1.9 miles under downtown. The existing Blue Line, Expo Line and Gold Line will be tied together with tracks between 7th/Metro Center and Little Tokyo, according to Metro.

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