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Metro Orange Line Extension Will Open With Parties, Free Rides!

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Photo of the Metro Orange Line Extension courtesy Los Angeles County MTA.
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A grand opening for the four-mile extension of the Metro Orange Line busway is planned for Saturday, June 30 with free rides on the extension from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Orange Line Extension will connect with Metrolink and Amtrak to further expand the regional reach of the growing Metro system.

"We're thrilled that the Orange Line Extension will open earlier than anticipated and that the contractor is completing it well within budget,'" Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the Metro Board of Directors, said in a statement. "It's another great example of why building in this economy makes excellent business sense, at the same time it provides much needed jobs. And with the Orange Line Extension -- the first Measure R project to be completed -- we are continuing to build out a new 21st Century mass transit system for the people of Los Angeles and for future generations."

In addition to the free rides on June 30, community celebrations will be held at the Orange Line Extension stations at Chatsworth and Canoga from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chatsworth will host a country/western-themed party and the Canoga organizers are planning to have food trucks and other events.