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Metro Gold Line's New Extension, Reviewed

Inside one of the two underground stations of the Gold Line's Eastside Extension | Photo: Metro
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Tomorrow, politicians and the media will test out the new 6-mile Gold Line Eastside Extension, but not before Metro's in-house media, former LA Times reporter Steve Hymon and transit blogger Fred Dennstedt, took a ride. In a post, they shared notes with the public.

"It took 20 minutes for the train to travel the six miles from Union Station to the end of the line in East L.A. and then 24 minutes for the return trip," explained Hymon. "Initially Metro said the line would do the trip in 17 minutes, but it looks like for now it won’t be quite that fast. The operator I spoke with said the trip is typically taking in the ballpark of 20 minutes."

By comparison, Hymon noted that the 13-mile Gold Line trip between Union Station and Pasadena takes 29-minutes, but has a right-of-way for several miles.