Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
August 1, 2013
For Immediate Release
Metro Gold line CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY
Supervisor Antonovich Announces that Ridership Has Surpassed Green Line
LOS ANGELES COUNTY—At the 10th Anniversary of the Metro Gold Line, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich praised the leadership of the transit line which transports 13 million riders every year, with ridership that exceeds that of the Metro Green Line.
“Serving over 13 million riders every year – more riders than the Green Line — the Gold Line has been a great success story for the San GabrielValley and serves as a vital component in our regional transportation system,” said Antonovich. “We started with only 4 million boardings in its first year – now we carry 13 million per year. Over 10 years, the Gold Line has carried 81 million riders – averaging 42 thousand riders per weekday.”
“Built on-time and on-budget, the Gold Line has spurred economic growth through transit-oriented development throughout the San GabrielValley,” he added. “Due to the persistent efforts of San GabrielValley cities, and the Gold Line advocates in the community and on the MTA Board, we prevented funding for this project from being raided by the Westside politicians for the gold-plated subway.”
Currently under construction and scheduled to open in Fall 2015, Phase 2B will extend the line from Pasadena to CitrusCollege in Azusa. Future extensions from Azusa to Claremont and OntarioAirport will eventually connect the San GabrielValley to the Inland Empire and OntarioAirport in partnership with San BernardinoCounty. Ultimately, we can connect the Gold Line to the BobHopeAirport, Burbank, Glendale and North Hollywood where the Red and Orange Lines meet.
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