The Gold Line is the newest of the Southland's three
light rail lines. It runs a generally U-shaped route,
beginning at Sierra Madre Villa near Pasadena's eastern city limit.
It makes several stops in that city and then goes through South
Pasadena, Highland Park and northeast Los Angeles before reaching
Chinatown and then Union Station in downtown L.A. The original
line, which opened in 2003, ended here. In late 2009 six miles
were added to the Gold Line, taking it south and east from Union Station to a new terminal
in East Los Angeles at Pomona
and Atlantic. This brings the total length of the route to
just under 20 miles.
This scene is at Union Station, with the train awaiting passengers
the beginning of a new
journey. L.A.'s old and famous City Hall pokes above the edge
of the expansive front window of the second car, vehicle number 232.