Los Angeles County Metro has taken to Twitter to keep riders on their toes about when the Gold Line Foothill Extension that will take passengers into Azusa will open. The wait is almost over, they said in a tweet — Thursday afternoon, Metro's CEO will finally announce when the extension will open.
Dave Sotero, spokesman for Metro, said that Metro's CEO made a promise that 30 days after Metro took delivery of the extension, a date would be announced. That time has come, "so tomorrow the CEO will announce [a date] to the public," Sotero said.
While construction of the line has been completed, Metro is now working on testing the extension. The transportation service will conduct rigorous testing and training, Sotero said.
"We have about 24 miles of track and a number of trains that are brand new that we're going to be testing on the line," he said.
The testing will primarily happen between the Sierra Madre Villa Station and the city of Azusa. Sotero encouraged San Gabriel Valley community members that live where the Gold Line extension will be getting tested to be extra careful.
"It's very important for people to stop, look and listen if you see a train coming in your direction," he said.
Sotero said Metro has run some test trains and that the frequency of test trains will increase as they get closer to the opening.
The Gold Line extension will include six new stops beyond its current end at Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena:
- Duarte/City of Hope
- Azusa Downtown
- Azusa Pacific University/Citrus College
"It's actually quite momentous, because this is the very first rail line that was funded and built as a part of the measure of our sales tax initiative passed by voters in 2008," he said.