Public transit now reaches more Los Angeles County communities than ever before, with the opening of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension through the San Gabriel Valley.
“Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa have joined Metro’s Transit Revolution and millions of Angelenos stand to benefit,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who chairs the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
With the extension, the Gold Line has become Los Angeles’ longest rail line, with 27 stations over 31 miles. The extension is the first project completed with funding from the Measure R half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008
The $1-billion extension connects the Foothills by rail to Pasadena and the rest of the Metro Rail System, which now spans 98.5 miles overall. It features six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale, Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College.
Passengers aboard the Gold Line can now travel between downtown Los Angeles and APU/Citrus College in only 65 minutes.
“Metro is working hard to rid ourselves of the moniker that Los Angeles is the car capital of the world,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “With this Gold Line Extension, Metro now operates almost 100 miles of rail – a mark we will surpass on May 20th when we open the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica.”
Also this month, on May 7th, Metro will mark the halfway point of completing the 8.5-mile north-south Crenshaw/LAX Line that would link the Expo and Green Lines, and provide a link to the Los Angeles International Airport.