Metro to run more Gold Line trains every six minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends beginning Jan. 27

The Gold Line adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park on a recent afternoon. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Gold Line adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park on a recent afternoon. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Gold Line trains currently run every 12 minutes during the day on weekends so this is a big-time improvement. Here’s the news release from Metro:

Beginning Sunday, January 27, Metro will operate more frequent service along the Metro Gold Line, improving train service from every 12 minutes to every 6 minutes on Saturday and Sundays from approximately 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Patrons using the Metro Gold Line, operating between East Los Angeles and Pasadena via downtown Los Angeles, can now enjoy more frequent service on the weekends with less waiting time between Gold Line trains.

The enhanced Gold Line service will encourage patrons to enjoy Old Town Pasadena, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and East LA over the weekend, making better and faster connections.

New timetables are now available on board trains. Plan your weekend on the Metro Gold Line by using Metro’s Trip Planner.

This isn’t hugely surprising, given the surge in ridership on the Gold Line in the past two years — which was helped by increasing the frequency of trains during weekday peak hours in June 2011.

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21 replies

  1. I agree with Thomas. What’s the difference between a two car train every 12 mins, or a single car train every 6 min? Is 6 min service on weekends that important? And what will this do to automobile traffic? At grade crossings the gates will be stopping traffic much more frequently. Can anyone explain how this will be a good thing?

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  2. I think Metro is planing fast track lanes on all the freeways. Once the Gold is extended the Fast track lane should be built to encourage drivers to use the rail line.

    I was wondering when will a carpool lane connection from the S/E 210 to the East 210 would be built. Some days traffic is backed up 3 to 4 miles to merge onto the e/b 210.

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  3. Added service is always good, but I wonder how did the Blue Line, with 62,780 riders on a Saturday get beaten by the Gold Line’s 22,170 riders? Since there appear to be resources to double rail service, have there been any consideration in bringing back some of the bus service frequency that has been cut over the past several years?

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  4. Warren, how would you engineer a carpool E210 to E210 transition? There is no current carpool lanes coming into the junction from the E210. The transtion road would have to be a flyover from there up and over, depositing the cars past Fair Oaks. It is just not practical for the flow at this time.

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  5. Mass transit should always take priority over single occupancy vehicles. I’m going to enjoy the more frequent service while others sit in traffic chocking on exhaust fumes.

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  6. just a person, i was thinking about a flyover too. Fair Oaks has a carpool lane enterence where the flyover can merger onto the 210 east carpool lane or fast track lane. i know traffic isnt thar bad yet but when the gap is complteted i except to see higher volume. They should build the flyover when they build the 710.

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  7. JP and John – I assume that the reason the Red and Blue lines haven’t been able to get higher frequency is that they share part of their track with another line. The Red and Purple lines together come every 5 minutes in each direction through Vermont and Wilshire, which means that the interchange has to switch direction every 150 seconds – they may be close to the limit there. The Blue and Expo lines have the interchange near Washington and Flower, which has already been having trouble. Every 3 minutes might be the limit, which means that the Blue and Expo lines may not be able to do more than every 10 minutes.

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  8. A lot of people are wrong about traffic congestion for the carpool lanes being the same as general traffic with expresslanes. The 110 has arguably the worst traffic congestion going downtown. An article recently reported here on the source pointed out that it has been averaging atleast 45mph since the service has been implemented. It can work, because people never everyone will pay to go 3-6 miles, they rather sit in general traffic.

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