|photo: Curbed LA|
Light rail is already an important issue within LA's mass transit planning and an integral part of how the city/county and surrounding metro area defines itself in the next few decades. Not everyone is on the same page (look at the problems plaguing the Expo Line's extension through the Westside and into Santa Monica). But looking closer to home Pasadena has indeed benefited in spades from the Gold Line and will continue as this mode of transportation takes on a greater presence in the LA area.
Sidenote: everyone talks about how once the Expo Line is done how it will allow many Angelenos to hit the beach without jumping into their cars. Well, it goes both ways and it will allow many Westsiders an alternative and easier access into the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area? I've talked to many UCLA fans who have taken the Gold Line during game day at the Rose Bowl and all have wonderful things to say about the convenience the Gold Line offers.
Sidenote 2: Curbed mentioned how once the Regional Connector is finished in the downtown area, the Gold Line will become part of the Blue Line. I cringed when I read that. I'm just going to say it: the Blue Line is awful. Dirty, trashy cars, unreliable service, lots of very rude riders...the list goes on. I just hope there won't be any spillover effect.