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10/29/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

L.A. MTA to open Gold Line extension next month


On Nov. 15, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) plans to open the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line eastside extension from downtown’s Union Station to east L.A., bringing the more than five-year project to a close.

The six-mile light-rail segment will feature eight new stations, two of which are underground, and 1.7 miles of underground track. The line will link the existing Metro Gold Line to Pasadena and expand the Metro Rail system to a total of 79 miles — all built during the past 20 years.

Since the project began in July 2004, more than 4 million construction hours have been logged without a lost-time work injury, making the extension one of the safest major public works projects in U.S. history, according to LACMTA

Weekday ridership on the extension is expected to average 13,000 by the end of its first year of operation.


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