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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).
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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November 14, 2007 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2011 | By Dan Weikel and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes and two other elected officials have resigned from the board of the Gold Line light-rail project in the wake of a conflict-of-interest complaint sent to the state attorney general. In addition to Reyes, two alternates — Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and South Pasadena Councilman Michael Cacciotti — have stepped down from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority that oversees the San Gabriel Valley project. Reyes, who has denied any impropriety, left the board last month along with Lutz.
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