GOLD LINE: Metro To Add More Trains Monday

Patrons line up at the opening of te Citrus College/APU Station Saturday, March 5. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

Metro authorities announced the addition of an extra light rail car to their most heavily occupied trains on the Foothill Extension beginning March 14 to help alleviate the high-volume of rider traffic.

An additional car will be added to each of the four trains running during weekday peak hours in the morning and evening to reduce crowding. Metro staff will also reportedly monitor ridership so the longer trains will be deployed when needed, said David Sotero, Metro Communications Manager.

Parking attendants will also be added to the Downtown Azusa Station, Citrus College/APU Station and the Irwindale Station from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays and will coordinate with each other to find available parking spots.

Metro staff will also work to prevent drivers who do not ride the Gold Line from taking stalls in parking structures, Sotero said.

The Azusa Downtown and Citrus College/APU parking structures have seen higher occupancy rates than the other four stations along the Extension and with the other four parking structures have helped to alleviate traffic at the Sierra Madre Villa Station, Sotero said.

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