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John Evans shares a photo of Train 909 traveling from Baltimore to New York City, shot by his daughter, Jessica Guzman of Rancho Cucamonga. He jokes: “Now arriving, train 909 to Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga!” She was waiting for the next train.

I was immediately put in mind of the Beatles song “One After 909.”

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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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Don’t forget to TAP

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Been on Metrolink recently? The trains have glitzy new tickets, and starting today, you’ll need to tap them on most subway turnstiles to continue your trip in L.A. Turnstiles at Union Station will finally be locked, 13 years after they were installed. (I worry they’re rushing into things.)

This is a good time to remind riders, or would-be riders, that your Metrolink ticket is good for unlimited transfers on rail and most bus lines in L.A. County. In other words, your trip doesn’t have to stop at Union Station.

Pretty amazing to me that a tiny chip embedded in a paper ticket can activate a sensor on a subway turnstile, but it does, because I’ve tried it a few times recently even when I didn’t have to tap. This story has more details.

Metro, which is a separate agency from Metrolink, sells plastic TAP cards (that stands for Transit Access Pass), which replace paper tickets on non-Metrolink travel, i.e., subway, light rail or bus-only trips. For instance, if you drove to Pasadena and took the Gold Line, you’d use a TAP card. Metrolink had been the primary holdout from Metro’s TAP system, but no longer.

In other transit news, Metrolink fares are going up 5 percent on July 1. Here’s the press release. The Weekend Pass, instituted in 2011, will also see a change: It’s still $10, but it will be good for one day only, not all weekend. Well, you knew that was too good a deal to last. Evidently only 15 percent of riders used the pass more than one day, so it won’t crimp too many people, but it will crimp me.

Any reactions to any of the above?

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More to be thankful for?

Metrolink’s Weekend Pass will be good two days longer this week only: from 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Four full days and a smidge of a fifth, all for $10. Details are here. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving and then back to full service Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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