Just about two months ago, workers finished up laying the tracks for the Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa; now, there's a train moving on them. Yes, the rail cars were towed by a truck, but they're still the first to travel these new tracks, and that's exciting! The train headed east from Sierra Madre Villa Station yesterday for a Metro-conducted clearance test—a standard and required trial for new rail lines that helps make sure the train can pass smoothly along its path without hitting anything important, like wires or station platforms. Metro CEO Art Leahy tells The Source that they're expecting what they call "pre-revenue" testing to begin in 10 months, and that the Foothill Extension will likely open in spring 2016.
· Clearance testing begins today for Gold Line Foothill Extension project [The Source]
· See How They Made the Tracks on the Gold Line Extension [Curbed LA]