What we learned about new Gold Line train riders might surprise you – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on April 11, 2016. To read the full article, click here.

What we learned about new Gold Line train riders might surprise you – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Commuters get on the light rail train at the Arcadia Gold Line Station on Monday, April 11, 2016. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Commuters get on the light rail train at the Arcadia Gold Line Station on Monday, April 11, 2016. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Steve Scauzillo

April 11, 2016

[Excerpt]:

More than 70 percent of Gold Line extension riders are new to Metro and about 66 percent of those same riders said they no longer drive to work, according to a survey of passengers who boarded the train at the six stations within the 11.5-mile light-rail addition.

The east Pasadena to Azusa/Glendora extension, which opened March 5, is carrying 4,000 to 5,000 riders on weekdays and 3,800 to 4,000 on Saturdays and on Sundays, said Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

The per-week boardings of about 32,000 riders — as revealed by a four-week survey not yet released to the public — was more than Metro expected, he said. Likewise, the strong weekend ridership was surprising.

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