The pre-revenue light rail train testing is designed to simulate revenue service operations on the new segment, synchronizing it with the service already provided between Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena. The purpose of pre-revenue testing, which could last more than a month, is to familiarize Metro train operators and train control staff with simulated service.
Since there will be many more test trains on the new alignment, stretching from Union Station through Little Tokyo and the downtown Arts District, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, Metro officials are urging the public to be alert and obey all safety warning devices and signage.
When trains from Pasadena arrive at Union Station, all passengers will disembark, then the trains will continue to Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles in a test mode. In turn, northbound trains coming from Atlantic Station will begin picking up passengers in Union Station and then continue to Sierra Madre Villa Station.
The eight new stations of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles include Little Tokyo/Arts District, Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza (underground), Soto (underground), Indiana, Maravilla, ELA Civic Center and Atlantic.
Metro began construction of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension in July 2004. The light rail construction project is within budget, on time and the contractor has logged more than four million working hours without a day lost for any accident or injuries.