The early stages of construction began this week on the Metro Regional Connector project in downtown Los Angeles, with utility relocation work in affected areas. The intent of the Regional Connector, a LACMTA project spanning approximately 2 miles, is to streamline travel for transit riders by eliminating transfer points in downtown Los Angeles. The Regional Connector is a light rail that will bridge the Expo and Blue lines at the 7th/Metro Station with the Gold Line adjacent to Little Tokyo. The Project would also allow uninterrupted travel between Long Beach and Montclair/East Los Angeles and Santa Monica and the San Gabriel Valley. The Final EIR/EIS which was released on January 20, 2012, found that downtown stations where transfer points are currently located are overburdened by the volume of Metro riders. The long term goal for the light rail is to allow travel for a considerable distance both north/south and east/west with no need to transfer.