The following excerpt appeared in Pasadena Now on July 27, 2023. To read the full article, click here.
Happy 20th Anniversary to the Train Formerly Known as the Gold Line – Pasadena NowBy Staff
July 27, 2023
The former Gold Line, now an integral part of the expanded A Line, commemorates its 20th anniversary this week.
On July 26, 2003, the old Gold Line’s inaugural section between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena welcomed throngs of enthusiastic commuters and residents.
Initially spanning 13.7 miles, the Gold Line commenced its journey as an extension of the Blue Line in the 1990s, but faced several challenges and delays before coming to fruition. The efforts from the communities in the San Gabriel Valley, along with the dedication of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, ultimately led to the successful construction of the line from Pasadena to SGV.
The Gold Line has significantly transformed transportation in Pasadena, bringing numerous changes to the community.
Firstly, the extension has led to a considerable increase in transit ridership, providing a sustainable alternative for commuters. Additionally, the six Gold Line stations in Pasadena have spurred economic growth and development, thanks to transit-oriented development initiatives. This improvement in connectivity is set to bridge the gap between Long Beach and Pasadena, further enhancing accessibility and mobility.
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