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Come On, Ride the Train: Gold Line Eastside Extension Opens Today

No more testing like this train in trains on the Gold Line will come & go from the Little Tokyo station for real! (Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Today is the long-awaited launch of the Gold Line's Eastside Extension, which links Downtown's historic Union Station via light rail to Little Tokyo, Mariachi Plaza, and heart of East Los Angeles, ending at Atlantic. To celebrate, rides from one end of the Gold Line to the other are free today, and there are four events that include food and music from the communities scheduled to happen at or near stations along the line:

Most notably, the Mariachi Plaza Station will be where riders can visit the First Annual Boyle Heights Block Party and Mariachi Festival. At the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro says there will be a live karaoke stage and "delicious cuisine from dozens of nearby restaurants." At the East L.A. Civic Center Station, a farmers market and live Chicano rock music can be found.

Your LAist Guide to the Gold Line Eastside Extension
A Look at the Gold Line Extension's Timetable
The Guide to Gold Line Foodieness (Plus Maps!)
Parties & More Planned Around Metro Gold Line Extension's Opening