Tuesday September 29, 2009
Beginning Sunday, October 4, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will reach another milestone as it begins the pre-revenue testing phase before the opening of the six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles, which is expected this fall.
The pre-revenue light rail train testing is designed to simulate revenue service operations on the new segment, synchronizing it with the service already provided between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena.
The purpose of pre-revenue testing, which could last more than a month, is to familiarize Metro train operators and train control staff with simulated service. Since there will be many more test trains on the new alignment, stretching from Union Station through Little Tokyo and the downtown Arts District, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, Metro officials are urging the public to be alert and obey all safety warning devices and signage.
When trains from Pasadena arrive at Union Station, all passengers will disembark then the trains will continue to Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles in a test mode. In turn, northbound trains coming from Atlantic Station will begin picking up passengers in Union Station and then continue to Sierra Madre Villa Station.
During pre-revenue service, trains will run during peak hours every 7 minutes to 8 minutes in the morning and afternoon; midday service will be every 12 minutes, and night service will be every 20 minutes.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays schedules will be every 15 to 20 minutes during the morning; then at mid-morning, afternoon and early evening the trains will be every 12 minutes. Night service will be every 20 minutes.
Train operators will begin making announcements on board trains beginning Wednesday, September 30, to alert the public about the new changes on the current schedule between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa Station. The new timetable is posted on www.metro.net .
The eight new stations of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles include Little Tokyo/Arts District, Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza (underground), Soto (underground), Indiana, Maravilla, ELA Civic Center and Atlantic.
Metro began construction of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension in July 2004. The light rail construction project is within budget, on time and the contractor has logged more than 4 million working hours without a day lost for any accident or injuries.