Metro Regional Connector Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony

Regional Connector Transit Project

Location Los Angeles, CA

Client Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro)

Services Program Management, Project Management

Project Value $1.8 Billion

Hill provided program management services for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Regional Connector Transit Project. Part of Metro’s 30-year, $30 billion Measure R Transit and Highway Capital Development Program, the Regional Connector links the terminus of Metro’s A (Blue) and E (Expo) Lines at 7th/Metro Center Station to the L (Gold) Line in downtown Los Angeles. The scope included a new 1.9-mile underground alignment and 3 new underground stations: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Historic Broadway Station, and Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station.

Having commenced operations in summer 2023, the project facilitates regional light-rail service along a 49-mile north-south route, Azusa to Long Beach, and a 23-mile east-west route, East LA to Santa Monica. The Regional Connector simplifies regional transit, saves passengers money and time, and increases access to Los Angeles’ most popular attractions. Passenger forecasts indicate that, by the 2030s, the new line will enable 90,000 trips daily.

As program manager, Hill helped plan the Regional Connector Project in the context of Metro’s overall Capital Development Program. The Hill team also provided project controls, cost estimating, risk management, and project reporting services for the Regional Connector.

Photo credit: LA Metro.