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Metro Gold Line Extension to open Nov.

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
After five years of construction, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension from Union Station to East Los Angeles is almost open.The six-mile extension has eight new stations and 1.7 miles of underground track. It links the existing Gold Line to Pasadena with Little Tokyo and the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles before going through Boyle Heights to East Los Angeles.

"The long-awaited Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension is going to greatly benefit the community by linking it with schools, hospitals, shopping and business opportunities throughout the county," said Ara Najarian, chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

Half of the funding for the $898 million project came from the federal government.

Ridership on the extension is expected to reach 13,000 average weekday passengers by the end of its first year in operation. More than 20 bus lines will connect the extension to other parts of Los Angeles County.

Rides on the entire Metro Gold Line are free on opening day, Sunday, Nov. 15.


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