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January 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In an effort to boost ridership on the Gold Line light rail, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it would introduce express service beginning Feb. 13. The express trains will shave the 34-minute run time from Union Station to the Pasadena terminus to 29 minutes. The express trains will stop at only five stations: Union Station, Highland Park, Mission (South Pasadena), Del Mar (Pasadena) and Sierra Madre Villa (Pasadena).
June 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The federal government Tuesday gave the go-ahead for a $490.7-million grant to fund an extension of the light rail Gold Line to East Los Angeles. The move, which was expected, will allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hire a contractor to build the line, which will run from Union Station through Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, ending at Pomona and Atlantic boulevards. Congress still needs to approve the funds for the six-mile line, which is to open in 2009.
June 19, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
The much anticipated Gold Line light railway connecting Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles will open July 26, pending safety approval, officials said Wednesday. Roger Snoble, chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said a dedication ceremony will be held July 25, with train service opening to the public the following day, a Saturday. The MTA had long said it would open the railway on July 1, but pulled back on that promise in recent months.
June 18, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
On the far eastern side of Pasadena, the Gold Line tracks run in the middle of the 210 Freeway and then, at Madre Street, they just stop. The old rail right of way continues up the middle of the freeway and extends across the width of the Valley, roughly paralleling the 210. Hardly any freight trains use the corridor, and it's been decades since passengers rode those rails. Public officials from across the San Gabriel Valley are hoping to change that soon.
October 24, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Hymon is a Times staff writer.
Attendees at Thursday's board meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority got a treat: a public spat between Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky that ended when Yaroslavsky walked out. His exit came after he had earlier described Molina's words as "selfish nonsense." At the root of the dispute were two items: rail safety and Measure R, the proposal to raise the sales tax by half a cent in Los Angeles County to pay for transit and freeway projects.
The Public Utilities Commission has turned down the last-ditch appeals of two community groups that had pressed for changes in the design of the Pasadena Gold Line light railway. In a meeting closed to the public Wednesday, the five-member PUC voted against reviewing its May decision that cleared the way for the final phase of construction of the 14-mile light rail line. It will connect downtown Los Angeles with Pasadena and is scheduled to open next summer.
December 27, 2007 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
The Gold Line extension into East Los Angeles promises to carry development and prosperity into an area long troubled by poverty and blight. But some business owners along the neighborhood's busy 3rd Street, where a large section of the six-mile, above-ground rail line is being built, say the roadwork and street closures have all but halted commerce in the area. Some merchants say they have been forced to skip rent payments and lay off employees.
March 13, 2009 | Steve Hymon
Local transit officials had a runaway train on their hands this week in the rail tunnel under Boyle Heights on the new Eastside Gold Line extension. The incident began about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a truck began to pull the train out of the 1.7-mile tunnel, where it had been stored for the night. The plan was to drag the train east to test the tracks of the new $898-million line due to open this summer.
November 14, 2009 | Christopher Hawthorne ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
It would be tough to overstate the level of cynicism that exists in certain corners of the Los Angeles establishment about the future of mass transit in Southern California. For many power brokers and longtime observers of the political scene, disparaging the chances of the region ever putting together a comprehensive transit system is some combination of rhetorical tic and parlor game. In fact, the progress we've already made on a subway and light-rail network -- full of delays and misjudgments as it has been -- is remaking the physical and psychological terrain of Los Angeles in some profound ways.
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