Gold Line train plans derailed

Sunday’s column reports on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting from Thursday, at which the Gold Line extension to Claremont was discussed. The board declined to add it to the MTA’s list of Measure R-funded projects, meaning that until or unless that action is changed, we won’t see the Gold Line until sometime after 2060. That certainly puts the brakes on things, doesn’t it?

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  • DebB

    I guess I don’t understand the difference between the Gold Line and the Metro Link trains we already have. They all go to Union Station, right? What would be the advantage of having the Gold Line?

    • davidallen909

      If you’re going to Union Station, then Metrolink suffices, although the Gold Line, being cheaper (presumably) to operate due to being light rail rather than a locomotive, would run trains more often, and later.

      As Shirley says above, the Gold Line runs through different cities along the way. It’s like the 10 compared to the 210.

    • Matt W

      Downtown Pasadena

  • SAWZ

    I would guess that the advantage would be for the working people who would commute via public rail, along the Foothill corridor–something not now available. They would never make it to work if they had to travel first to Union Station. A rail-commuter system for those workers would be a boon for the economy of the Foothill area. There is simply no comparison between traveling to work by rail vs. traveling by bus. I would think that having to use bus transportation would only add stress for someone traveling to and from work.

    As a recreational user of Metrolink since its inception, I feel fortunate to have the option of using the Gold Line to Pasadena once I get to Union Station. I’m sorry the possibility of that transportation for people who need to get to work in a less stressful way than the present, will not come to fruition during their, respective, employment careers.

  • SAWZ

    Reading of this situation, where priorities of individual movers and shakers, determine the outcomes, brought to mind my experience of yesterday, traveling from SeaTac WA to Ontario, via Southwest Airlines. SeaTac airport was, “Grand Central Station”. There were scores of people departing vehicles at the departure drive-ups; I waited in a long line to register and a second long line to pass through security. Walking to the Gates I passed busy businesses and restaurants and waited in another long line to order and then enjoy a lunch before takeoff. When I got to Ontario, the place was like a morgue–restaurants were closed; the Taxi was making its last trip to the airport for the day. This airport situation is a tragedy brought about by the LA movers and shakers, just like what is happening with the planned Gold Line from Pasadena to the Inland Empire. I would say that, on balance, the airport situation is the most crucial to this area right now.