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  • About the Gold Line

    The light rail line spans 13.7 miles linking Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and Sierra Madre Villa in East Pasadena via Chinatown, Highland Park, South Pasadena and Pasadena. The Gold Line joins two light rail lines (Metro Blue and Green Lines) and a subway (Metro Red Line) that crisscross portions of Los Angeles County from Long Beach to Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Norwalk, Hollywood, Universal City, North Hollywood as well as Pasadena. The Gold Line uses 26 state-of-the-art rail cars. Each rail car costs $2.36 million. Each train car seats 76 passengers. During rush hours, the scheduled capacity for each car is a total of 144 passengers including standees.

    “Rain or shine, commuters using the Metro Gold Line can expect to get from East Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and vice versa in approximately 36 minutes without the traffic hassles of the Pasadena and 210 Freeways,” said MTA CEO Roger Snoble. With the addition of the Gold Line, MTA’s Metro Rail system spans many communities and extends the reach of millions of Southern Californians and tourists to a host of attractions located within walking distance of many Metro Rail stations. Phase II of the Gold Line is in the planning stages. When approved, it will run from Pasadena to Claremont beginning in 2013, stopping in 10 cities. To plan a trip, check out MTA's Trip Planner and print out a customized itinerary in seconds!

    For more information visit:

    * MTA Website
    * Metro Gold Line Construction Authority Website
    * Complete Metro Rail System Map
    * Metro Bus and Metro Rail Rider's Guide 

    Hours of Operation
    The 13.7-mile Gold Line has 13 stations and operates every 10 minutes on weekdays during peak morning and afternoon rush hours. Trains operate every 12-minutes during the mid-day and every 20-minutes during the late night hours. On the weekends, early morning and late night trains operate every 20 minutes. Midday service until approximately 7 p.m. operates every 12 minutes. The hours of operation are from 3:35 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

    See Gold Line Timetable (PDF) for a complete Gold Line timetable.

    Fares for the Metro Gold line are the same as all MTA operated Metro Bus and Metro Rail trains. Monthly passes and day passes good for unlimited travel may also be purchased. Discounts for seniors, students and the disabled are available. Tickets can be purchased from self-service ticket vending machines located at Metro Rail stations.

    Parking is available around some Gold Line stations including a 1,000 space parking structure adjacent to the Sierra Madre Villa/East Pasadena Station. In downtown Los Angeles at Union Station approximately 1,100 paid parking spaces are available. Limited parking spaces are provided at Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station (100), Heritage Square/Arroyo Station (145), Fillmore station (160), and the Del Mar/Old Pasadena Station (600). In addition, MTA is working to secure some parking adjacent to the Lake Avenue Station.

    Points of Interest
    The Gold line cruises through Pasadena, South Pasadena, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and into Union Station in Los Angeles. In Pasadena, patrons using the Gold Line can easily access various shopping districts, parks, Pasadena City College, California Institute of Technology, Huntington Library and Gardens, various hotels, business centers, Colorado Boulevard, Old Pasadena, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Jazz Institute, the Ice House and Playhouse District.  Additional points of interest along the Gold Line corridor include Paseo Colorado Shopping Center, Pasadena City Hall, and Civic Auditorium, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Meridian Ironworks Museum, Carnegie Library, Arroyo Seco Regional Library, Highland Park Recreation Center, Highland Theater, Southwest Museum, Heritage Museum Square, Rock Rose Gallery, Broadway Historic Business District in Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

    From there, a quick transfer to the Metro Red Line subway is your ticket to unlimited adventures exploring downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Universal City or the North Hollywood Arts District. Or perhaps a ride on the Metro Blue Line will take patrons to sporting events at Staples Center, Watts Towers, or downtown Long Beach for a visit to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, take the Metro Green Line to LAX, Norwalk, or Redondo Beach, the Metro Orange Line to Woodland Hills, or take the Union Station FlyAway to LAX. To view maps and time tables, click here.  Also from Union Station, you can connect with Amtrak.

    The City of Pasadena does not own or operate any of the garages that were recently constructed to service the Gold Line.

    For more information, contact the MTA at 1-800-COMMUTE (1-800-266-6883)


    Where are the Gold line stations?
    There are 13 Gold Line stations, 6 in Pasadena, 1 in South Pasadena and 6 in Los Angeles. Visit the MTA's site for a complete map and list of all Gold Line station addresses, descriptions, bus connections, neighborhood attractions, station artwork and station time tables.

    How much will the Gold Line cost to ride?
    Fares for the Metro Gold line are the same as all MTA operated Metro Bus and Metro Rail trains. Monthly passes and day passes good for unlimited travel may also be purchased. Discounts for seniors, students and the disabled are available. Tickets can be purchased from self-service ticket vending machines located at Metro Rail stations. See Fares for more information.

    Are there any buses that will take me to a Gold Line station?
    Pasadena Transit and Metro bus routes take bus riders directly to all six Pasadena Gold Line stations.

    * MTA Bus Routes
    * Pasadena Transit Bus Routes
    * Map of Pasadena Transit / MTA / Foothill Transit / LADOT Bus Routes to Gold Line Stations**

    **This map is intended to show the overall transit services in Pasadena.
    For specific route directions and time schedules please contact the
    individual transit agencies.

    How can people with disabilities ride on the Gold Line?
    The Metro rail system is ADA-compliant for passengers with hearing, mobility and visual impairments. In addition, Metro offers reduced fares to disabled passengers. To further assist those with visual impairments, Metro provides braille-encoded and large type “Metro Flash Books” for signaling the correct bus. For more information see MTA's Bus and Metro Rail Rider's Guide for people with disabilities.

    May I take my bicycle on the Gold Line?
    Bikes are permitted on the Metro system except for some early morning and late after noon hours during the work week. For a complete list of rules, see MTA's Bikes on the Metro System.

    May I eat, smoke or drink on the Gold Line?
    Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted in Metro Rail trains or stations or in Metro Busses.

    Can I get to LAX on the Gold Line?
    The Union Station FlyAway is a bus that connects you directly from Union Station to LAX. From Pasadena, take the Gold Line to Union Station and board the new FlyAway bus. It's an affordable, hassle free way to get to LAX. Click here for more information about the FlyAway bus. The Metro Green Line also connects to LAX.

    What about security on the Gold Line?
    The Gold Line operates on an honor system; no one is going to collect your ticket and you won't need to pass through a gate. But through a partnership of MTA and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, 18 fare inspectors are riding the rails to check fares, help riders and beef up security along the 13.7 mile route.  Dressed in uniforms of white shirts and navy slacks, the fare inspectors are civilians authorized to write citations of up to $240 for riding without a ticket, eating and drinking on the train, and other no-nos. They'll also act as transit ambassadors, able to help with directions, information and other assistance. Equipped with radios and trained in law enforcement, they will act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff's Department and can call for back-up deputies in a snap. Plus, they attend regular security briefings alongside MTA Sheriff's deputies and security officers.  At the stations, closed-circuit television cameras are monitored by security personnel. In the event of an emergency, speaker telephones are available to reach security officers.

    Where can I get more information?
    For more information, visit
    * MTA Website
    * Metro Gold Line Website


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