Six years ago when the Gold Line to Pasadena opened there was no Twitter.
Today on the first day of revenue service for the new Gold Line Eastside Extension, L.A.’s first light rail to open since then, Twitter has become a global phenomenon.
Angelenos are taking advantage of the technology to share their feelings about the extension in 140 character blips. I counted over 300 tweets referencing the Gold Line during yesterday’s grand opening and the tweets continue today as revenue service gets underway.
Early Sunday morning, Twitter users were sharing their anticipation for the day:
spencergrammer This feeling of ennui is now replaced by the great celebration of the opening of the gold metro line downtown.
michelledeuce Taking the gold line into little tokyo for my sis’s bday. Take the gold line today too! It’s freeeeeeee
mchangesq Gold line extension opens today! Now I can do a culinary tour of Olvera St., Chinatown, and Little Tokyo w/o ever hopping into a car.
ChasingAmyLA Headiing out for our inaugural ride on the Gold Line! Here we come eses!
cn8of10 About to get on the new East Los Angeles Metro Gold Line extension. My old neighborhood is growing up.
rrrobertooo is gonna take the new East L.A. Gold Line train to King Taco today =oP
rharristweet Off to the celebration of the East LA Extension of the Gold Line light rail. Expecting good food, music and multiethnic crowds.
As people actually began to ride the line, tweets began pouring in with reviews:
AreEezzy East LA Gold Line, I luv u!
chairmanmhow http://twitpic.com/pog7m – Happy opening, Gold Line! <3 you
JCVillar Mhm Metro Gold Line. I’ve Never Been On the Metro, Kinda Chill. In China Town
Prettyodd07 Had A Blast In East Los Angeles Thanks To the Metro Gold Line Extension…!
rachelsurls Okay, I’m going completely nuts over the ELA Gold Line extension. I can’t help it. I will be able to ride from home to office. Awesome!!!
alienbasenji Riding the new gold line extension. Being crowded in a shiny metal moving box has never been so much fun.
Algernon90 I was at the gold line eastside extension and it was not so bad but it is cool.
Asaliah_Vz Me gusto mucho la inauguracion del Metro Gold Line.
frankyhernandez had a good time riding the gold line from downtown to east la. @Algernon90 was there as well. loved the underground part the most.
tz2plz55 Took my mom on the Gold Line from ELA to Pasadena. She had a blast. So glad I shared this with her. She was like a little kid ! Love her
WnksMeltMe New Metro Gold Line Extension looks sweet. That beats taking a bus any day.
warrenacho and family had a great time riding the Gold Line into ELA last night. How exciting is the re-democratization of L.A. transportation!
jody_beth Home from Gold Line Extravaganza ’09. The throngs of riders were terrific to see, not so much fun to experience firsthand (hi, I’m an INTJ).
tako_door highlight of this weekend: rode the new Gold Line.
I only found one really negative tweet:
sakocreative MTA gold line extension biggest FAIL ever!
There was a lot of talk about the long lines:
daroldhiga Oh my. The line to catch the new gold line runs the entire length of the station then doubles up in the parking lot. This…might take time.
ohaiyuriko The Gold Line Soto station is ridiculously full!! They’re only letting a crowd in at a time. xD
pbailey probably not the time to try and ride the gold line extension. the lines at union station make are pretty long #fb http://twitpic.com/pob1d
militantangleno today’s line for free rides on the Gold Line to Eastside is just as long as orig GL opening in ’03!
r05ie Finally back home! Whatever you do don’t take the gold line today! It takes forever! There are thousands of people on it!!!!
franklinavenue Failed with the Gold Line extension trip. Trains too crowded/lines too long for us to bring on the baby. Will do next weekend; fewer crowds
ant9tim My trip home started about an hour ago…long line at Union Station to get da Gold Line…never knew so many ppl… http://loopt.us/EZf11g.t
victoriabernal had so much fun @ the Gold Line opening in #dtla. Lines were sooo long, even but people still friendly, chatty & excited.
Many tweeted about eating at restaurants along the new extension:
out4equality Los Angeles – The Metro Rail Gold line into East Los Angeles officially opened today. King Taco at Maravilla station. Woohoo!
mchangesq Rode the Metro Gold Line extension from Union Station to Little Tokyo and back, and got a bite of Chashu Ramen and Gyoza at Daikokuya.
rrrobertooo is so sleeeeeepy after the East L.A. Gold Line run to King Taco …. must wake up & go to the gym :::::drinking extra strong green tea::::::
Rusay Riding the Gold line to Wurstekuche http://yfrog.com/0t67ptj
One local restaurant even tweeted about a massive spike in sales due to the Gold Line extension:
PurgatoryPizza Today was our top selling day EVER. Beat our past top by about 30%!!!! The Gold Line may just be our Gold Mine and we may survive…
I found one tweet addressing the potential safety issues:
BillLascher People were seriously worried about at grade safety for the gold line? It is beautiful and people aren’t stupid about a giant train.
And the most amusing Twitter observation of the day:
paulstorms Gold Line Eastside highlight (?): Detainees at Metropolitan Detention Center waving thru bars at each train passing. #dtla #fb
This morning, Twitter users were commenting on the first day of revenue service:
BicyclingNate – At 930 in the morning, readership on the Gold Line at Union Station is visibly much higher than usual
onecreativenerd Looks like gold line traffic is up significantly even first day after opening the east LA extention! That’s awesome. http://yfrog.com/05ihdj
mikelava First Monday with the gold line extension. I wonder how many people are going to miss union station now that it’s not the last stop?
Plus, there were a few tweets this morning from confused and frustrated riders:
Rossalincoln Mta promised gold line would be seamless from ela to pasadena. They lied. Rly annoyed.
chadl2 Note to Metro riders. The Gold line eastside extension is running Board on the right at Union Station for Passadena, or end up like me.
One Twitter user summed things up nicely:
HLP90042 Just think. When the original Gold Line opened in 2003 there was no Twitter to share all the joy.