Azusa Downtown station
Azusa Downtown is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located on a block north of Foothill Boulevard, in Downtown Azusa, California; this station is served by the Metro Gold Line. This station was constructed as part of the Gold Line Foothill Extension project Phase 2A, it began revenue service on March 5, 2016. Foothill Transit: 185, 187, 188, 280 The original train stop in Azusa opened in 1887 by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad; the Gold line uses the old right of way of The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad, which built the first train tracks and 1887 station in Azusa. The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was founded in 1883, by James F. Crank with the goal of bringing a rail line to San Gabriel Valley from downtown Los Angeles; the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was sold on May 20, 1887 into the California Central Railway. In 1889 this was consolidated into Southern California Railway Company. On Jan.
17, 1906 Southern California Railway was sold to the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway and called the Pasadena Subdivision. Amtrak-Santa Fe ran the Southwest Chief and Desert Wind over this line in Azusa, but relocated the Desert Wind to the Fullerton Line in 1986; the Santa Fe line served the San Gabriel Valley until 1994, when the 1994 Northridge earthquake weakened the bridge in Arcadia and the track was closed till the Gold line was built. The Santa Fe 1888 Azusa station depot was remodeled in 1946. Los Angeles County Metro Rail Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Los Angeles Metro Rail rolling stock Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Metro Project Page, Gold Line Foothill Extension I Will Ride - Blog of Foothill Extension supporters
Citrus College is a community college located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, California. The Citrus Community College District which supports the school includes the communities of Glendora, Charter Oak, Claremont and Duarte; the school is the oldest public community college in California. Until 1961 the school was operated by the Citrus Union High School District; as of 2006, Citrus College enrolls over 12,000 students. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, Citrus College had 632 students who transferred to universities during the 2005–2006 academic year, ranking seventh in the area; the Haugh Performing Arts Center is a 1440-seat proscenium venue located on the 100-acre campus of Citrus College. HPACC is host to over 140 performances annually, with over 100,000 patrons in attendance. Seats are no more than 90 feet from the stage; the campus holds a larger herbarium. The opening title sequence for the 2010 film MILF was filmed on campus near the Hayden Library and fountain.
The campus is served by a nearby rail station for the Metro Gold Line as of 5 March 2016. The Citrus Owls are the college athletics team; the football and soccer team play at the 10,000-capacity Citrus Stadium. Citrus College is home to the acclaimed Citrus Singers program; this program, started by Ben Bollinger back in the 1960s, has provided a foundation for students to learn music and perform. Many of its alumni have gone on to be performers on Television; this group is now under the direction of Doug Austin. This academic institution has accreditation from the Western Association of Colleges, it features a slew of professional memberships such as: the American Association of Community Colleges and the Community College League of California. Alan Tussy, retired professor of mathematics, co-author of several textbooks for college mathematics. Dale Salwak, Professor of English. Author of numerous acclaimed books, including Teaching Life, a memoir of over 35 years of teaching. John Boylan, Professor of Critical Listening Skills, Music Business/Audio Careers Carlos Fisher, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Chris Limahelu, football, USC Trojans Joshua J. Ramirez, USC Full Academic Scholarship: California Honor Student of the year.
2012. Lionel Manuel, former New York Giants wide receiver who played seven seasons in the NFL, grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. In 2003, at California’s Citrus College, under the pressure of litigation and FIRE’s national campaign for campus constitutional rights, the Board of Trustees voted to rescind most of the speech codes at the public institution; this was the first victory in FIRE’s declared war on speech codes at public colleges and universities. In 2014, Citrus College was sued again by FIRE when Citrus College reinstated its policy in the early 2010s, when a Young Americans for Liberty chapter, led by Gabriel Nadales and Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle, was threatened with sanctions for not staying inside the "Free Speech Zone." In an interview to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Greg Lukianoff, the president of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said, "'Citrus College agreed to eliminate its restrictive ‘free speech zone’ in the face of a FIRE lawsuit back in 2003, but reinstated its speech quarantine when it thought no one was watching'...'But FIRE was watching, we’ll continue to do so.
If the speech codes come back again, so will we.'" Citrus College Citrus Owls site
Hollywood/Vine is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It is located below the intersection of Vine Street; this station is served by the Red Line. The central station of the three subway stops in Hollywood, it is within walking distance of many important landmarks including the Capitol Records Building; the Hollywood Walk of Fame is upstairs, while the Pantages Theatre is across the street. Other attractions include CBS Columbia Square, the Frolic Room, Gower Gulch, the Sunset and Vine apartment complex, the Hollywood Palladium. In accordance with Metro's initiatives to spur transit-oriented development around its stations, Hollywood/Vine has become a prime target for regeneration; the W Hotel opened a 300-room location in a 2.3-acre mixed-use site with condominiums and 30,000 sq ft of street retail space. In addition, the 1600 Vine complex to the south contains 375 apartments and 28,000 sq ft of street-level retail. Hollywood/Vine opened on June 12, 1999, as the western terminus of the northern branch of the Red Line.
Upon the opening of the westward extension to North Hollywood in 2000, it lost its title as the end of the line. Like most stations on the Metro, Hollywood/Vine uses an island platform setup with two tracks. There is an entrance to the east of the intersection at Argyle Avenue; each Red Line station was assigned a professional artist to design the aesthetic appeal and personality of the station. Local Los Angeles Chicano artist Gilbert Luján was selected to design this station. "Light" was one of the central themes of the station because of its pervasiveness in Hollywood, from stars to light that passes through projectors to show films to the sun in sunny southern California. Cultural motifs in the form of So Cal cultural icons are prevalent throughout the myriad of ceramic tiles lining the walls of the corridors as passengers descend into the railway tunnel. Benches for waiting passengers were fashioned as classic car lowriders on pedestals; the station has the most detail and decorations of any station in the entire Metro system.
This station is among the most pleasant and "fun" stations and tourists may find this station the most enjoyable. Other features include two movie projectors donated by Paramount Pictures pointed towards a representation of a movie screen flanked by large curtains; the ceiling of the station is covered with empty film reels. Pillars that provide support for the station are designed to look like palm trees, beneath the handrail of the stairs are musical notes for the famed song "Hooray for Hollywood." Passengers making their way to the street follow the "Yellow Brick Road" while passing many colored tiles that depict icons or represent southern California lifestyle. Metro servicesMetro Local: 180, 181, 210, 212, 217, 222 Metro Rapid: 780Other local servicesFlyAway Bus LADOT DASH: Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood/WilshireLong-distance motorcoachBoltBus Station connections overview
Pershing Square station
Pershing Square is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located on Hill Street between 4th and 5th Streets, near Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles; this station is served by the Metro Red Line and the Metro Purple Line and various local bus services. The Metro Silver Line heading northbound to El Monte Station stops at the street level; the Metro Silver Line heading southbound to Harbor Gateway Transit Center does not stop near the station. The station uses an island platform layout and is decorated with a neon art piece by Stephen Antonakos; the work pays tribute to the first neon sign in the United States, hung in 1924 in the Pershing Square area. The station installed station canopies for the stations entrance in 2014. Pershing Square is near Angels Grand Central parking. Rail services: Red and Purple Line service hours are from 5:00 AM until 12:45 AM daily. Silver Line service hours are from 4:15 AM until 1:45 AM Monday- Friday & 5:00 A. M.- 1:45 A.
M. Saturdays/ Sundays & Holidays. Metro bus services: Metro Local: 2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 18, 28, 30, 33, 37, 38, 40, 45, 48, 53, 55, 62, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 302*, 316* & 378* Metro Express: 442*, 460, 487 & 489* Metro Rapid: 720, 728, 733, 745, 770 & 794 Metro Liner: Metro Silver Line Other local and commuter bus services: Foothill Transit: Silver Streak LADOT Commuter Express: 419* LADOT DASH: B, D Montebello Transit: 40, 50, 90* Orange County Transportation Authority: 701*, 721* Torrance Transit: 4* Note: * indicates commuter service that operates only during weekday rush hours. Pershing Square Historic Core/Broadway Angels Flight Grand Central Market Hilton Checkers Hotel Library Tower Jewelry District Millennium Biltmore Hotel Omni Los Angeles Hotel Richard J. Riordan Central Library Title Guarantee and Trust Company Building Angels Knoll parkOUE Skycrape LA Days of Summer S. W. A. T. Lethal Weapon 3 Speed He Was a Quiet Man "Takers" Bad Day 2005 video by musician Daniel Powter Pershing Square Station connections overview
Light rail, light rail transit, or fast tram is a form of urban rail transit using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, on an exclusive right-of-way. There is no standard definition, but in the United States, light rail operates along exclusive rights-of-way and uses either individual tramcars or multiple units coupled to form a train, lower capacity and lower speed than a long heavy-rail passenger train or metro system. A few light rail networks tend to have characteristics closer to rapid transit or commuter rail. Other light rail networks are tram-like in nature and operate on streets. Light rail systems are found on all inhabited continents, they have been popular in recent years due to their lower capital costs and increased reliability compared with heavy rail systems. Many original tram and streetcar systems in the United Kingdom, United States, elsewhere were decommissioned starting in the 1950s as the popularity of the automobile increased. Britain abandoned its last tram system, except for Blackpool, by 1962.
Although some traditional trolley or tram systems exist to this day, the term "light rail" has come to mean a different type of rail system. Modern light rail technology has West German origins, since an attempt by Boeing Vertol to introduce a new American light rail vehicle was a technical failure. After World War II, the Germans retained many of their streetcar networks and evolved them into model light rail systems. Except for Hamburg, all large and most medium-sized German cities maintain light rail networks; the basic concepts of light rail were put forward by H. Dean Quinby in 1962 in an article in Traffic Quarterly called "Major Urban Corridor Facilities: A New Concept". Quinby distinguished this new concept in rail transportation from historic streetcar or tram systems as: having the capacity to carry more passengers appearing like a train, with more than one car connected together having more doors to facilitate full utilization of the space faster and quieter in operationThe term light rail transit was introduced in North America in 1972 to describe this new concept of rail transportation.
The first of the new light rail systems in North America began operation in 1978 when the Canadian city of Edmonton, adopted the German Siemens-Duewag U2 system, followed three years by Calgary and San Diego, California. The concept proved popular, although Canada has few cities big enough for light rail, there are now at least 30 light rail systems in the United States. Britain began replacing its run-down local railways with light rail in the 1980s, starting with the Tyne and Wear Metro and followed by the Docklands Light Railway in London; the historic term light railway was used because it dated from the British Light Railways Act 1896, although the technology used in the DLR system was at the high end of what Americans considered to be light rail. The trend to light rail in the United Kingdom was established with the success of the Manchester Metrolink system in 1992; the term light rail was coined in 1972 by the U. S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration to describe new streetcar transformations that were taking place in Europe and the United States.
In Germany the term Stadtbahn was used to describe the concept, many in UMTA wanted to adopt the direct translation, city rail. However, UMTA adopted the term light rail instead. Light in this context is used in the sense of "intended for light loads and fast movement", rather than referring to physical weight; the infrastructure investment is usually lighter than would be found for a heavy rail system. The Transportation Research Board defined "light rail" in 1977 as "a mode of urban transportation utilizing predominantly reserved but not grade-separated rights-of-way. Electrically propelled. LRT provides a wide range of passenger capabilities and performance characteristics at moderate costs." The American Public Transportation Association, in its Glossary of Transit Terminology, defines light rail as:...a mode of transit service operating passenger rail cars singly on fixed rails in right-of-way, separated from other traffic for part or much of the way. Light rail vehicles are driven electrically with power being drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph.
However, some diesel-powered transit is designated light rail, such as the O-Train Trillium Line in Ottawa, Canada, the River Line in New Jersey, United States, the Sprinter in California, United States, which use diesel multiple unit cars. Light rail is similar to the British English term light railway, long-used to distinguish railway operations carried out under a less rigorous set of regulation using lighter equipment at lower speeds from mainline railways. Light rail is a generic international English phrase for these types of rail systems, which means more or less the same thing throughout the English-speaking world; the use of the generic term light rail avoids some serious incompatibilities between British and American English. T
Vermont/Beverly is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located at Vermont Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, near the border between East Hollywood and Wilshire Center; this station is served by the Red Line. Vermont/Beverly features a cactus garden and large rocks incorporated into the structure of the station, a design by artist George Stone. Red Line service hours are from 5:00 AM until 12:45 AM daily. Metro Local: 14, 204 Metro Rapid: 754 Station connections overview
Gold Line (Los Angeles Metro)
The Gold Line is a 31-mile light rail line running from Azusa to East Los Angeles via Downtown Los Angeles serving several attractions, including Little Tokyo, Union Station, the Southwest Museum and the shops of Old Pasadena. The line, one of six in the Metro Rail system, entered service in 2003 and is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; the Gold Line serves 27 stations. When the Regional Connector is complete in 2021, the Gold Line will undergo a complete restructuring of service; the portion of the Gold Line north of Little Tokyo will be joined with the Blue Line, forming the new A Line while retaining the Blue Line's coloring. In addition, the Eastside portion will be joined with the Expo Line, forming the new E Line, retaining the Expo Line's "E" and Gold Line's coloring. Beginning in East Los Angeles, the Gold Line runs west toward Downtown Los Angeles. From its southern terminus at Atlantic, the line travels west along 3rd Street to Indiana Street, where it turns north for two blocks to 1st Street.
From here, the line continues west to Little Tokyo through a tunnel under Boyle Heights with two underground stations. At Alameda Street in Little Tokyo, the line turns north and crosses over the Hollywood Freeway, stops at Union Station on tracks 1 and 2. At Union Station, riders can connect with the Metro Red and Metro Purple Subway Lines, the Metro Silver Line bus rapid transit line as well as several other Metro bus lines, LADOT Dash lines, Metrolink regional commuter trains, Amtrak services including Pacific Surfliner and long distance interstate trains, Amtrak throughway motorcoaches connecting to San Joaquin trains originating at Bakersfield. From Union Station, the Gold Line proceeds north on elevated rail to Chinatown and crosses the Los Angeles River adjacent to the Golden State Freeway. From here, the route continues north/northeast, serving the hillside communities north of downtown, including Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington and Highland Park. Through this stretch, the Gold Line operates at grade, except for a short underpass below Figueroa Street.
North of Highland Park, the route crosses over the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The route continues through South Pasadena and downtown Pasadena at-grade. In Old Pasadena, the line travels underground for half a mile long, passing under Pasadena's main thoroughfare, Colorado Boulevard; the Gold Line enters the median of the Foothill Freeway and continues east to Sierra Madre Villa station, in Pasadena just west of the Arcadia city limits. East of Pasadena, the route crosses over the eastbound lanes of Foothill Freeway west of Santa Anita Avenue, with stops at the Arcadia Station, located at the corner of First Avenue and Santa Clara Street it crosses over Huntington Drive and stops at the Monrovia Station, north of Duarte Road at Myrtle Avenue, it continues eastbound with a stop at the Duarte/City of Hope Station located at the north side of Duarte Road, across the street from the City of Hope Medical Center continues going over the San Gabriel River and stops at the Irwindale Station at Irwindale Avenue, continues over the Foothill Freeway over Foothill Boulevard and stops at the Azusa Station at Azusa Avenue, north of Foothill Boulevard, its terminus is at the APU/Citrus College Station just west of Citrus Avenue.
Metro Gold Line trains operate between 12:45 a.m. daily. Trains on the Gold Line operate every 7 minutes during peak hours Monday through Friday. Middays consist of 12-18 minute headways. Nighttime service operates every 20 minutes; the Gold Line trains travel at a maximum speed of 55 mph. It takes 73 minutes to travel its 31-mile length, at an average speed of 21.9 mph over its length. The Gold Line is slow through the Highland Park area, where trains reach speeds of only 20 mph due to several street crossings and through the curves, where trains travel at about 25 mph. Following the extension to East Los Angeles in 2009, the line's ridership increased to 30,000 daily boardings; as of October 2012, the average weekday daily boardings for the Gold Line stood at 42,417 and as of December 2014 the average daily weekday boardings had increased to 44,707. Following the extension to Azusa, ridership rose to 49,238 as of May 2016. Much of the Gold Line's current right-of-way through the San Gabriel Valley was built by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad in 1885 taken over by the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway, as part of the Pasadena Subdivision, which saw Amtrak service into the early 1990s.
This segment was part of the original plan for the Metro Blue Line, but when a ban on sales tax spending on subway tunnels passed in 1998, the project became a separate line terminating at Union Station. The original Gold Line, between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa, opened July 26, 2003; the Gold Line Eastside Extension, a separate segment following all new right-of-way extending east from Union Station to East Los Angeles, opened on November 15, 2009. The first stage of the Gold Line Foothill Extension, running from Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena to APU/Citrus College station in Azusa, opened on March 5, 2016; the Regional Connector is an under-construction light rail subway corridor through Downtown Los Angeles. It is designed to connect the current Blue and Expo Lines to the current Gold Line and allow a seamless one-seat ride between the Blue and Expo Lines' cur