Testing began Sunday for the new six-mile Gold Line extension into East LA. That means the trains are running on a normal schedule, they're just devoid of riders (riders from Pasadena get off at Union Station, and the train continues onto Little Tokyo and beyond). Later in the week, we'll post photos of the testing. This is the final step before opening the rail line, and it serves as a way to acclimate drivers and pedestrians. If all goes smooth, testing should continue for about a month before this stops being a ghost train, according to Metro representative Jose Ubaldo. Meanwhile, an independent panel just found that the extension was built safely.
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