Metro Gold Line
For the communities East of Los Angeles, an historic thriving area for many generations and many ethnicities, the time has come for a new and vital transportation link to bring a new age of access.
Now, after 12 years of defining and refining the method of connectivity, construction has begun on that vital link - the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension project. Metro issued a Notice of Award on June 1, 2004 to the Eastside LRT Constructors, following the execution of the Full Funding Grant Agreement. On July 1, 2004 the contractor was issued a Notice to Proceed and an official groundbreaking took place on Saturday, July 17, 2004.
SCS is a member of the Eastside LRT Constructors Team, a joint venture with Washington Group International, Obayashi Corporation and Shimmick Construction Corporation which was formed with the specific purpose of to oversee, design and build the LA County Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension.
The six-mile Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension project is a central link which introduces a new age of access to the community of East Los Angeles, a thriving historical community built on a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures.
The Eastside Extension will instantly link 73.1 miles of existing rail and provide access to surrounding communities and cities such as Long Beach, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. The line will carry a daily boarding capacity of 23,000 commuters.
The light rail system will include 1.8 miles of twin tunnels under the Boyle Heights area and will consist of eight stations, two of which are underground. The Eastside Extension has an estimated ride time of 17 minutes between Union Station and the Atlantic/ Pomona station. Key destinations along the line include Little Tokyo/ Arts District, the Japanese-American National Museum, El Mariachi Plaza, White Memorial Medical Center, East LA Civic Center, East LA Community College, and Kaiser Permanente Hospital.
Pre-construction began with an official groundbreaking on July 17, 2004 and will continue through it completion in 2009.