Roma are locked in a three-way battle with Juventus and Inter Milan for Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic.The Montenegro international is expected to be on the move this summer after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad.The 25-year-old made just 17 appearances in the Premier League last season and is hungry for more action.That has sparked interest from several clubs and, according to La Repubblica, three Serie A sides are fighting for Jovetic’s signature.Juventus, Inter and Roma have made enquires and are hopeful they can persuade the former Fiorentina man to return to Italy.Manchester City are believed to want around £16m for the striker, who they purchased for £22m back in July 2013. Stevan Jovetic 1
Any boost in ridership is good for the train and for efforts to secure funding for its extension, said Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority. Currently, the construction authority is trying to come up with a methodology for predicting ridership that captures what Balian says are white-collar commuters not typically part of public-transit planning. Balian said the survey should be completed by December, at which point it will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration for evaluation. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three years and 14 million passengers later, the Gold Line light rail from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles has been deemed a moderate success that still has “great potential” to expand public transit use in the San Gabriel Valley. “I think the line has been very solid,” said Rep. Adam Schiff. “I would like the ridership to be even better.” Schiff, D-Pasadena, authored legislation while in the state Senate to create an independent board to oversee construction of the line, after it became clear the project was a low priority for the MTA. Now, Schiff and Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, are teaming to try to raise federal funds for construction of the planned 24.4-mile extension to Montclair. Backers of the $1 billion-plus project say the Gold Line will never meet its potential until the line is expanded. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There is no question but that the system will not reach full stride until it has been extended into the San Gabriel Valley,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who is a non-voting member of the Gold Line Construction Authority. According to MTA spokesman Dave Sotero, average weekday ridership on the Gold Line reached a record in June, rising to 18,771. MTA operates thetrain. Overall ridership on the line has grown steadily, according to MTA statistics, rising from about 3.8 million in the first year of operations to 5.3 million in the last 12 months. While the jump is dramatic, critics point out that ridership was woefully low at the beginning and that it is only now reaching the levels predicted when the $859 million project was being built. Recent efforts to attract more riders by speeding up service has met with some success, Sotero added. MTA implemented an “express” train this year, which shaves about five minutes off the 34-minute trip from the Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena down to Union Station in Los Angeles.