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Trains (kind of) get rolling on Gold Line to Eastside

January 27, 2009 |  3:22 pm

Goldline1_6 A little bit of history occurred this morning on the Gold Line light rail extension from Los Angeles Union Station to East Los Angeles: the first train cars rolled along the tracks of the $898-million line expected to open this summer. The above photo was taken at the intersection of Alameda Avenue and 1st Street in Little Tokyo.

As the photo shows, the cars were being pulled along very slowly by a truck, with the trip starting at Union Station and ending for the day near the entrance to the new 1st Street Tunnel on the east side of the Los Angeles River. The idea of the test run is to ensure that there is adequate clearance along the way for the trains.

The cars will likely be out on the tracks for the next few days, so those who live in downtown, Boyle Heights or East Los Angeles may be seeing them out there. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it's the first time that train cars have run down 1st Street since the days of the streetcars 46 years ago.

--Steve Hymon

Photo credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority