The Metropolitan Transit Authority today established a firm date – Sunday, Nov. 15 – for opening the six-mile Eastside Extension that will run from Union Station to East Los Angeles. Passenger will be able to ride the entire length of the Gold Line – from East LA to Pasadena – for free on opening day, according to an MTA press release. The opening comes after about five years of construction and a lengthy testing period that has seen the MTA backtrack on an opening date for several months.
Daily weekday ridership on the Eastside extension is expected to reach an average of 13,000 about a year after operation. The approximately $900 million line will connect to numerous bus lines: