By Joe Linton, March 7, 2016
Last Saturday, Metro extended its growing rail network, celebrating
the grand opening of the 11-mile Gold Line Foothill Extension. The
initial phase of the Foothill Extension includes six new stations in
five San Gabriel Valley cities: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale,
and Azusa. Additional future phases would extend the Gold Line to
Kick-off festivities began at the Duarte/City of Hope station, where a
crowd of more than a thousand gathered to hear remarks from Metro board
members, numerous representatives of the cities along the route,
Metro’s CEO Phil Washington, and other luminaries.
The initial train departed Duarte Station about 11:20 a.m. to
celebrate at other stations along the line. Hundreds of people waited in
line for the free train rides starting at noon. All afternoon, there
were long lines to board trains, which were standing room only.
Cities along the line hosted popular opening day festivities,
featuring family activities, food, music, information booths, and much
Free rides and large crowds continued celebrating the new rail line
all afternoon. Below is a photo tour of the new line from west to east,
Arcadia to Azusa. For more pictures from on the train, see SBLA’s earlier preview post.
All in all, the opening drew large crowds of people excited to
experience and celebrate Metro’s newest line. Hopefully many of them
enjoyed the ride, and, now that they are familiar with the Gold Line,
they will make transit part of their ongoing travel choices in the
Unfortunately, a freeway crash closed a portion of the Gold Line yesterday, but repairs were completed in time for this morning’s commute.