Worth the wait

Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera took this shot as he and other passengers walked away from the East Los Angeles Station after an opening-day ride on the Eastside Gold Line Extension on Sunday. Barrera, who lives and grew up in East Los Angeles, took his four-year-old daughter, Citlali (whose reflection is pictured in the photo below), along for the ride. The day’s events brought back memories of a childhood trip Barrera took nearly 50 years ago when the Yellow Car, which stopped service in 1963, rolled across the streets of East LA and other neighborhoods:

“When I was a kid, we lived on Rowan Ave. between 1st and 3rd. My mom cleaned houses and one of her clients was the owner of the Stride-Rite store on 1st and Rowan. Some how he got me on the train on the last day it rode.”

Photo by Aurelio Jose Barrera

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