New transportation facilities are coming to the Los Angeles River. After 22 years of dreaming, plans to bridge the Elysian Valley with Taylor Yard are finally taking shape. Metro and LA City officials presented a model of the proposed bridge during a recent community meeting on the subject. The new bridge, a required mitigation for the Metrolink maintenance yard, would connect two disparate bike paths and provide previously inexistent connections to the two communities. The city is also working towards purchasing more property on the Taylor Yard side that would serve as open space. Nearby, demolition work on the Riverside Dr./Figueroa St. bridge will start. However, historic preservationists plan to make a last-minute attempt to preserve the bridge for recreational purposes, even though the new bridge that would replace it requires its removal.
Additionally, discussion continues on the possibility of converting the former Harbor Subdivision railway into a bike and pedestrian trail (see rendering) that would connect South Los Angeles with the LA River. Metro, in consultation with Alta Planning + Design, will launch a feasibility study that will address basic questions such as cost, possible designs and connections to other transit facilities. A presentation on the process this study would take is now available.