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Metro Gold Line Eastside extension to open Nov. 15

October 26, 2009 |  9:19 am

The Metro Gold Line Eastside extension will open Nov. 15, transportation officials announced today.

The $890-million extension is six miles long and runs from Union Station to Atlantic Boulevard in East L.A. Part of the track, 1.7 miles, is made up of twin tunnels.

The line “is going to greatly benefit the community by linking it with schools, hospitals, shopping and business opportunities throughout the county," Ara Najarian, chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, said in a statement.

Construction crews broke ground on the extension in 2004. The Gold Line currently runs northeast from Union Station to Sierra Madre Villa.

Another Metro board member, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, said during a board meeting last week that the line is needed on the Eastside but she worries that it is “substandard.” She said she still has concerns about safety.

Metro will offer free rides on the entire Gold Line on opening day, which is a Sunday

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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