Metro votes on bilingual name for Gold Line extension

When it’s finished, the Metro Gold Line extension into East Los Angeles will have two names – in Spanish and English. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall has more about today’s decision by the transit agency board.

When it’s finished, the Metro Gold Line extension into East Los Angeles will have two names – in Spanish and English. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall has more about today’s decision by the transit agency board.

Cheryl Devall: The next phase of the light rail line is scheduled to open this summer. Metro’s board will name it La Linea de Oro – Spanish for Gold Line. In both languages, it’ll also carry the name of the late Edward R. Roybal, the Latino elected official who spent 30 years in the California legislature and 15 on the L.A. City Council.

The idea for the tribute came from L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Her district is home to many Spanish speakers, and she also sits on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

At the same meeting, that board approved the purchase of up to 150 new buses with federal economic stimulus money. The buses, powered with compressed natural gas, will replace dozens of diesel and propane-powered buses that have spent about eight years in service.

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