After two days of pomp, the new Eastside Gold Line began regular weekday service earlier this morning. There was a sprinkling of riders on the train at 4:10 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza, with more passengers jumping on the train as the morning proceeded. Several riders said they had switched from [continue reading]
At this point, it’s obvious that there will be substantial lines the rest of the afternoon on the Eastside Gold Line. We probably won’t get a true feel for commuters’ perspectives on how the train functions until revenue service begins Monday. My colleague Fred and I chatted with many passengers [continue reading]
As expected — and in a replay of 2003, when the L.A. to Pasadena Gold Line opened — the line to board trains to East L.A. is more than an hour’s wait at Union Station. The line, in fact, snakes all the way into the parking garage. If you don’t [continue reading]
Metro officials are estimating that there have been 30,000 boardings on the Eastside Gold Line so far today. The number will be updated this evening.
As of 1:30 there’s no line at the Little Tokyo/Arts District station. The small festival in the parking lot next to the station is not exactly crowded.
You can also expect a line to board the Gold Line in both directions at Mariachi Plaza.
As expected, there is a monster line to board the train at Union Station. The wait for Pasadena trains is estimated at 20 minutes and it’s 45 minutes for trains to East L.A.
We’re out at the East L.A. Civic Center, where there’s a farmer’s market with food booths — there’s also going to be some performances later. The Eastside Gold Line train had a healthy crowd headed out from Union Station and folks were jumping on the train at every stop, but [continue reading]