A joy ride to Azusa on the Gold Line

A day trip to Azusa is probably not most people’s idea of fun. But the recent extension of the Gold Line inspired singer-songwriter Maura Murphy-Barrosse of Garvanza and her friend and fellow “train dork” Lynz Floren to take a train trip across the San Gabriel Valley to Azusa. Murphy-Barrosse, who took her 3-1/2-month-old son Declan on what would be his first train trip, and Floren, a guitarist, made a video of their journey set to songs they had collaborated on in the past.

Murphy-Barrosse said living near the Gold Line makes it easy to explore the city:

“You can stare out the window and see neighborhoods and parts of LA you might normally just drive by without really taking it in. Anyway, that’s why I was extra excited about the new extension. I don’t really know that area of town other than driving by on the 210. Although most of the trip paralleled the freeway, I got to really check out the view (so pretty!) and see stuff I wouldn’t normally notice in the car.”

Her favorite part of the trip was riding past the Old Monrovia train station and a closer view of the giant Miller Lite cans at the MillerCoors brewery in Irwindale.

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