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Old 08-27-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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The focus IMO needs to be on the subway to the sea first, the Crenshaw line, and then the downtown connector for the Blue line and expo line. The Gold Line all the way out into Ontario won't have the ridership to match the length. Serve the dense areas of the city such as along Wilshire with a subway first. The subway to the sea could easily add 150,000+ riders to the subway system while a Gold Line extension to Claremont would add, what??? 15,000???
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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Wilshire is definitely in desperate need of a subway. It would be a huge relief to both transit riders (those buses are packed!) and drivers. The Gold Line Foothill extension will be nice, and will certainly benefit those communities, but I agree that it won't serve nearly the numbers of people (who are in far more immediate need of traffic relief) than the subway to the sea.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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In addition to a Wilshire subway, I'd favor shifting attention to converting the overused orange line busway in the valley to light rail over developing the foothill/inland empire extension. Metrolink already adequately serves most of the foothill towns, with trains 7 days a week. Unfortunately laws passed in the 90s currently prohibit the construction of any rail transport in the valley (i.e. subway or light rail).

A Metrolink or light rail extension to the South Bay would also be nice.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:22 PM
 
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If there could be a line that went roughly along the 5 Freeway in L.A. county, it would REALLY help. That thing is overloaded and unbearable. I very much agree that Wilshire needs the Purple Line to keep going.

Eh, every one they build is a help. I'm glad they're building the ones that are coming, and look forward to using them.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: West LA
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Looks like Gold Line is to be opened by year end at the latest. Article also says they are coming in under budget

Monterey Park gets Gold Line extension - SGVTribune.com
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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If there could be a line that went roughly along the 5 Freeway in L.A. county, it would REALLY help. That thing is overloaded and unbearable. I very much agree that Wilshire needs the Purple Line to keep going.

Eh, every one they build is a help. I'm glad they're building the ones that are coming, and look forward to using them.
The Metrolink commuter rail sort of goes along the 5 freeway, although it mainly operates during rush hour.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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YES wilshire extension would be great!!! the 720 rapid is always packed. it is one of the most reliable buses in the whole system.

i can catch that bus to its eastermost terminus (just past atlantic in east LA) till very late. and it passes very frequently, even in off peak hours(think 11pm).

extend the purple line. thats a must.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Here it comes: this Sunday (November 15) the Gold Line opens with free rides and festivities.

The MTA site is undergoing maintance, but here are some useful links:

Metro.net Gold Line Eastside Extension

http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/1...ariachi-plaza/

Gold Line Eastside Extension to Open on November 15th! - LAist
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