May 4, 2009
Jose Ubaldo/Marc Littman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
METRO GOLD LINE TO EAST LOS ANGELES WILL OPEN SUMMER 2009
METRO, LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR GLORIA MOLINA TO HOLD SAFETY FAIR FOR EASTSIDE RESIDENTS AS TESTING OF TRAINS INCREASES ON NEW SIX-MILE RAIL ALIGNMENT
WHAT: Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board member Gloria Molina, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Captain Gregory Peck and Metro CEO Art Leahy will join other law enforcement agencies in alerting Eastside residents that testing of light rail trains is taking place on the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles alignment that runs from downtown Los Angeles to East Los Angeles through Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Boyle Heights. Metro is implementing a new safety campaign, “Safety 1st, Look, Listen & Stay Alive”, to keep motorists and pedestrians safe when they ride the system or drive around the alignment. Metro is introducing a new safety video made specifically for the new six-mile alignment of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles.
With the beginning of pre-revenue service tentatively scheduled to begin Friday, May 8, the train traffic will be increased along Alameda, First, Indiana, Third streets and Pomona Boulevard. The CHP is the traffic enforcement agency in the unincorporated area of East Los Angeles from Indiana towards the Atlantic station. Others participants will be Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) and Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD).
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2009
12: 30 p.m.
WHERE: East Los Angeles Civic Center.
Third Street, between Mednik and Civic Center Way
East Los Angeles TG map: 635 G-6
WHO: LA County Supervisor & Metro Board member Gloria Molina
Metro CEO Art Leahy
CHP Captain Gregory Peck
Maria Guadalupe Rosales, Griffith Middle School Leadership Program
California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD)
Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD)
Metro Rail Operations
VISUALS: A Metro Gold Line train will park in ELA Civic Center Station. The interactive robots Lilly and her Metro train will perform. A new 10 minute safety video will be screened (media will get copies), students that have been safety trained and law enforcement officers will be on hand against a backdrop of a colorful fair.
Editors Note: “Metro” should be used when referring to this agency.