The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on September 26, 2016. Click here to read the full article.
Why weekend ridership is up on Gold, Expo line trains – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
September 26, 2016
Not surprisingly, the Gold Line and Expo Line posted their highest ridership numbers ever in the last four to eight months, two bright spots among a 25-year-old rail network in Los Angeles County struggling to gain passengers.
For the first eight months of the year, the horseshoe-shaped Gold Line from Azusa to East Los Angeles increased ridership on weekdays by 9 percent, while the Expo Line from Los Angeles to Santa Monica increased ridership by 42 percent, according to January-August numbers released by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) last week.
On the 31-mile Gold Line, an 11.5-mile extension from east Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border at Citrus Avenue that opened in March accounts for the increase. Likewise, the 6.6-mile extension in May of the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica drew additional riders to the 15-mile line, said Jon Hillmer, Metro senior executive director for service development.
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