Eight months into construction, a new Silver Line bus platform is beginning to take form just east of Union Station.

Budgeted at approximately $37.6 million, the project will streamline transfers between Silver Line passengers and other operations at Union Station be relocating an existing stop from Alameda Street to a center-median platform within the El Monte Busway.  It will be linked to Patsaouras Plaza through a 500-foot pedestrian bridge, dramatically shortening what is now a quarter-mile walk.

A highlight of the project includes a "Wind Bridge" display by the artist Ned Kahn, which will wrap the bridge with perforated stainless steel panels that move with the breeze, creating rippling patterns of light and shade.

Completion has been scheduled for 2018.

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Senior Affordable Housing Opens Near Orange County's Great Park

The two-building development features 157 apartments.

Developers Related California and FivePoint have opened a new affordable housing complex near Irvine's Great Park.  The project, called Luxaira, features 157 residential units catering to low-income seniors.  It is the second senior affordable development to be built in the Great Park neighborhoods by Related, FivePoint, and collaborator RCC Charitage.  To date, more than 500 affordable housing units have been built around the park in four separate projects.