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Thousands Attend Gold Line Extension Opening

  • By David Barron

An estimated 30,000 attended the grand opening of the Gold Line Extension through the foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley. Celebrations and free Gold Line rides marked the opening of Metro's Gold Line which will go as far east Azusa.

(For a Map showing communities served, click on this LINK.

The $1 billion light rail project will go from Union Station through the communities of Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte and Azusa. A person can catch the Gold Line in Monterey Park at the Atlantic-Pomona Boulevard station, ride through Union Station and go as far east to Azusa. It will cost a rider about $1.75 to travel aboard the Gold Line one way

In each of the cities, transit villages have ben constructed, leading to shops and restaurants, information booths and food trucks.

In Azusa, a Mariachi band welcomed Metro Board Member and Supervisor Hilda Solis. While the stages were crowded by many Foothill community stages, a few residents and officials from the west San Gabriel Valley Communities. 

Officials are hoping that future extensions of the Gold Line will lead as far east as the Inland Empire, although the area is served by regular commuter train service.

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