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Los Angeles light rail expands

After a ceremony held on 14 November, the 9.6-km Gold light rail line extension from Union Station to East Los Angeles (Atlantic Boulevard) opened to the public with a free fares offer on 15 November. 50 000 passengers turned up to try the new service, which links with the existing Gold Line from Union Station to Pasadena. The USD 898 M project brings the Los Angeles light rail system to 126 km (three lines).

Already under construction is the city's next new light rail, the Expo Line, while more is planned. However the proposal to award AnsaldoBreda a contract for 100 more LRVs (to join the 50 they are already delivering, late) has foundered because the Italian company did not want to sign up to the financial guarantees requested by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. A competitive tender will now be issued for the next batch of new trams.

17 November 2009

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