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January 15, 2004 | Susan Carpenter
To most people who use it, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's recently opened Gold Line is just a convenient way to get to and from work. But for a cluster of self-described "urban fanatics," it's also a great way to meet people and explore the city. Friday night, these mass transit fans will gather for their second Gold Line Pub Crawl, beginning at Union Station's Traxx Bar downtown and continuing up to Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
July 27, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
For seven long years, I commuted from the Westside to downtown Los Angeles, serving time in that gulag of concrete, the Santa Monica Freeway. Then last summer I moved to Pasadena. The Gold Line had just debuted, and I believed riding light rail might be a nice alternative to driving to work. I would read the paper, sip coffee and gleefully thumb my nose at people stuck in traffic.
November 17, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A giant boring machine, nicknamed Lola, pushed through the dirt beneath Boyle Heights on Thursday, marking the completion of a subway tunnel that will eventually connect downtown to East Los Angeles. "This is a huge breakthrough, literally and figuratively, for this community," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who grew up near the Boyle Heights construction site at 1st and Lorena streets. The twin 1.
June 16, 2009 | Hector Becerra
Compelled by their hankering for a breakfast of pozole, Ricardo and Rosa Solis casually strolled across the railroad tracks on First Street to a Mexican restaurant. They didn't know that around the corner, MTA and law enforcement officials had just concluded a news conference Monday exhorting people not to do exactly that. Later this summer, light rail trains will return to Boyle Heights and East L.A. for the first time in half a century.
September 22, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
For the second time in 10 days, a motorist was injured in a collision with a Gold Line train after crashing through lowered fiberglass crossing gates along the route between Los Angeles and Pasadena, raising anew the issue of safety along commuter lines running through heavily populated areas.
December 18, 2004 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
The warning bells on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Gold Line trains would quiet down considerably through South Pasadena under a proposed settlement of noise complaints that won preliminary approval this week.
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.
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