BOYLE HEIGHTS — Metro Gold Line passengers traveling between Downtown and Boyle Heights and East L.A. should prepare for disruption and delays beginning in December as a section of the rail line will be shut down for three months.
Rail service between the Pico Aliso, Little Tokyo, and Union Station stops will be replaced by shuttle buses beginning Dec. 4., according to Metro. During the closure, the Gold Line tracks will be moved about 40 feet near First and Alameda streets to allow crews to start digging a giant shaft for a tunnel boring machine. That machine will be used to build the new underground rail line known as the Regional Connector, which will eventually allow for direct connections between the Gold Line and the Blue an Expo lines.
The Gold Line in this area will also be closed on the weekend of Nov. 20 for some pre-construction preparations.
It’s not clear how much longer the trip will take for riders going between the Pico-Aliso and Union Station stops, said Metro spokesman Rick Jager.
At Union Station, Gold Line riders heading to Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles will have to go to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza to catch the shuttle buses. The buses will make a stop in Little Tokyo before continuing to Pico-Aliso, where buses will return to Union Station via the same route.
Motorists can also expected some lane closures and congestion in the area during this time, with westbound 1st Street closed between Alameda Street and Vignes Street from December 4, 2015 through February 2016. In addition, Alameda Street between Temple Street and 2nd Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. One thru lane on eastbound 1st Street will be maintained between Alameda Street and Vignes Street.
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