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With construction of the Metro Orange Line - the dedicated busway stretching from NoHo to WoW (that's West of Winnetka, folks) -- breezing along at a clip that'll see it finished by September, northern 'burbs like Pasadena and Glendale are itching something fierce for a transit corridor that can see passengers safely through their own burgeoning yuppie districts. It's a still-theoretical jaunt from Gold Line to Orange Line that many are calling the "missing link." While we at LAist reserve our own missing-link comparisons for extremely hairy 7-foot-plus gentlemen with sub-par linguistic skills, we clearly agree there is a need. But where, oh where, do Pasadena and Glendale put a rail line to North Hollywood, assuming the two cities can scrape together the funding for such a project without the help of their big brother to the South?

We remember the ill-fated extension of the 710 Freeway, long planned to careen - honks, rumbles and all - straight through the placid backyards of South Pasadena and up to the 210. It was one of the only federally-funded CalTrans projects ever to be thwarted by pitchfork-wielding local residents. Which leads many to worry that any similar extension of the northern light-rail will meet with disaster. After all, neighborhoods from Chinatown to Highland Park are still up in arms over the incessant ding-ding-dinging of the current Gold Line barricades. And since the only logical route for a Pasadena-NoHo line would be to circumvent the hills of Eagle Rock and run down either Colorado Blvd. or the 134, even our grandchildren will probably be too old and bitter to appreciate it once it's actually finished.