Gold Line extension boosts ridership

A rendering of Metro Gold Line's Azusa Station.
A rendering of Metro Gold Line's Azusa Station.
L.A. Metro

It's been a year since the extension of Metro's Gold Line, and ridership has increased about 3,000 riders each weekday compared to last years' numbers, according to the transit agency.

The Gold Line features more than 11 miles of track, and has extended the line from the Sierra Madre Villa station to Azusa.

"People are using the train on weekends to go and have fun in Old Pasadena and during the week people are using the extension to get to and from Downtown Los Angeles," said Metro's Dave Sotero to KPCC. "That, of course, Downtown LA being a major employment center for the entire county." 

According to Metro's systemwide data, there's been a decline in ridership in 2016 compared to 2015.

An additional extension of the Gold Line is still in the works. It would take the trains out to the San Bernardino community of Montclair, according to Metro.