Above is a preview of a new commemorative TAP card that will be available beginning March 5, the same day the Gold Line extension to Azusa opens. The cards can be purchased at TAP vending machines at the following stations: Union Station, Sierra Madre Villa, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College. The cards will be available as long as supplies last.
The photo that appears on the card was taken by Metro Rail operator Mike Santillan. He captured the image before his shift one morning — it was taken using a smart phone camera looking east from the Gold Line maintenance yards along the Los Angeles River shortly after sunrise.
Mike started with the RTD in 1990 (the RTD evolved into Metro in 1993) and was a bus operator for 14 years. He has been working on the Metro Rail program for the last dozen years and, most recently, has been helping to break in new light rail vehicles to be used on the line and prepare the extension for its March 5 opening.
“This has been a very unique experience for me,” Mike said recently. “And it’s been great to be part of history as rail comes to our region.”
Excited about the Gold Line opening? Check out the new web pages on metro.net devoted to the Gold Line Foothill Extension.