Earlier this week, crews erected the canopy structure at the Arcadia Station. It is the second of the six stations to reach this milestone.
|March 7th, 2014|
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Local resident Robert Leabow recently took the time to capture the Foothill Extension’s progress from his (layman) point of view. Below is his video:
|March 4th, 2014|
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Last week, the Board of Directors celebrated the milestone achievement of the Pasadena to Azusa project surpassing 50% completion. Below is a video highlighting the progress made since the groundbreaking in 2010.
|March 3rd, 2014|
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The following article appeared in the February 2014 edition of Progressive Railroading.
Function meets art on California’s Gold Line light-rail bridge – Progressive Railroading
By Julie Sneider, Associate Editor
Since it was completed in December 2012, the 584-linear-foot Gold Line Bridge that extends diagonally over the I-210 Freeway’s eastbound lanes in Arcadia, Calif., has been attracting plenty of attention.
Designed by internationally known artist Andrew Leicester, the Gold Line Bridge is the largest public-art infrastructure project in California to date. It also represents the first completed element of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension project to expand the light-rail line from Pasadena to Asuza.
The bridge’s most prominent features are the two, 25-foot concrete basket sculptures that anchor the structure, and the distinctive snakeskin-like markings that run along the bottom of the bridge span. Leicester used the basket theme to pay homage to the San Gabriel Valley’s cultural heritage; the snakeskin-like grooves were cast into the concrete to simulate patterns found on the western diamondback rattlesnake.
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority officials knew early on that they wanted the bridge to do more than provide a pathway for light-rail trains to pass over I-210. They also wanted a work of art that would serve as a gateway to the San Gabriel Valley.
“We had the idea of turning the bridge into a sculpture,” says Habib Balian, the construction authority’s chief executive officer. “We didn’t want what I call ‘plant-on art,’ where an artist creates something to stick on the wall. We wanted the art to be in the form of design. The baskets that you now see from the end caps of the bridge — those are part of the structure that’s holding up the bridge.”
Leicester was chosen as the project’s artist because “he got it, he was able to wrap his mind around the concept,” Balian says. An England native who now calls Minneapolis home, Leicester has been creating public art projects in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia for more than 30 years.
“To me, public art is encountered in everyday life and, as a result, has a huge audience without requiring the viewer to go to a specific space to see it,” Leicester said in an interview posted on the construction authority’s website. “Unwittingly, people experience art in an environment over-saturated with other visual stimuli.”
He said his inspiration for the Gold Line Bridge was drawn from the region’s cultural history and architecture.
“The large baskets that adorn the bridge metaphorically represent the Native Americans of the region and the growth of agriculture as a primary catalyst to the San Gabriel Valley,” Leicester said. They also pay tribute to icons along Route 66, with its oversized commercial architecture such as the windmill on top of a Denny’s restaurant on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, he added.
Also unique to the project was the early point at which Leicester was brought on board, says Balian. The artist worked alongside the project’s design-builder Skanska USA and design consultant AECOM to make sure the end product was consistent with what the construction authority intended.
The project has been recognized for the structure’s artistic beauty, as well as for the team’s ability to overcome design, engineering and construction management challenges involved in building a bridge over an earthquake fault and busy freeway system. The $18.6 million project was completed on budget, too.
Recent accolades include “Best Project in Southern California, Highways and Bridges,” by the Engineering News-Record; the 2013 “Engineering Achievement Award” by the American Council of Engineering Companies; the 2013 “Project Achievement Award” by the Construction Management Association of America; the “Distinguished Project Award,” by the Western Council of Construction Consumers; and the “Outstanding Public Civil Engineering Project, Transportation Over $10 Million” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The bridge also has been well received by the public, Balian says.
“Not only did we produce a design that people gravitate to, we did a good job in executing the project,” he says. “It looks great, and it got rave reviews from the community and elected officials who like the uniqueness of it. It’s a new landmark for San Gabriel Valley.”
|February 25th, 2014|
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Here is what Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian is saying about Metro’s recent announcement of a nearly $700 million federal grant for the Regional Connector project and how it benefits the Gold Line system:
“Last week, federal and local officials announced award of a nearly $700 million federal grant for construction of the Regional Connector project in downtown Los Angeles. This was a critical achievement for the county, which was relying on such a grant in their financial planning for the project. The federal grant is the first of its kind to be awarded to the county in nearly two decades and will be added to a number of other funding sources – including Measure R – to provide the full funding needed to build this very complicated and important project.”
“This news is especially significant to the Gold Line and Foothill Gold Line, because the Regional Connector directly benefits our system. Once completed, the Regional Connector will link the Gold Line with the Blue Line systems, and provide seamless trips between Azusa and Long Beach. Additionally, the Construction Authority estimates that ridership on the Gold Line system will increase by 10% once the Regional Connector is operational. That is of course in addition to the tens of thousands of new rides to be initiated once the Foothill Gold Line to Azusa goes on-line, following construction completion in September 2015.”
The following article on the announcement appeared in the Los Angeles Times on February 20, 2014.
Metro to accept $670-million grant for downtown rail connector
By Laura J. Nelson
February 20, 2014
Local transportation officials Thursday are to accept a $670-million federal grant for a downtown rail project designed to seamlessly connect three of Los Angeles County’s furthest-reaching light-rail lines.
When the Downtown Regional Connector opens, slated for 2020, the Metro Blue, Gold and Expo lines will all run between the 7th/Metro stop and Union Station. Passengers will be able to travel from Long Beach to Pasadena, or East Los Angeles to Santa Monica, without changing trains. Any end-to-end light-rail trip in Los Angeles County currently requires two transfers.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an interview Wednesday that he was pleased that the Federal Transit Administration had signed off on the $1.36-billion project. The connector and the Westside subway extension were the two projects Garcetti discussed when he met with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in October.
Included in the project will be three new train stations in downtown Los Angeles: 1st Street and Central Avenue, 2nd Street and Broadway, and 2nd and Hope streets. The rail system will likely see other upgrades as well, including Wi-Fi and a feature telling passengers when the next train is to arrive.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have said the quicker, less complicated trips are expected to draw more than 17,000 new riders.
The downtown link is also receiving a $160-million low-interest loan, secured with the help of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. The federal spending bill President Obama signed last month included $65 million for the connector, a sum requested by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
“We are very, very lucky to have two senators on the exact right committees,” Garcetti said. “To their credit, they stepped up and knew the importance of this project for California.”
The combinations of grants, loans and federal appropriations will cover more than 60% of the estimated cost. The remaining funds will come from state and local sources, including Measure R, the half-cent sales tax hike Los Angeles County voters approved in 2008.
Officials said they expect to announce in coming weeks that the Purple Line extension to Westwood will receive about $1.25 billion in federal funds.
“I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I’m getting good unofficial feedback,” Garcetti said.
|February 24th, 2014|
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The following Opinion appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on February 19, 2014.
Opinion: Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa is halfway there – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Doug Tessitor, Glendora City Councilmember and Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board Chairman
February 19, 2014
In 2010, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension was the first Measure R rail project to break ground and has remained on-time and on-budget as work has progressed. Now, the project has achieved a major milestone: The 11.5-mile light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa is more than halfway to project completion.
Displays of this progress are visible throughout the corridor and the excitement is building as it becomes more and more apparent that the Gold Line will soon be arriving in the corridor cities.
The most unique display of the progress made to date is the Gold Line Bridge spanning the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway in Arcadia. Completed in December 2012, the bridge serves as a visual reminder of the tremendous work being done to bring light rail further east into the San Gabriel Valley. Like the rest of the construction done so far on this current segment of the Gold Line, the bridge was completed on-time and on-budget, and was recognized in 2013 with five industry awards for its design and construction.
Obviously, the bridge is only one piece of the many project elements completed or under way that keep the project on track and moves the Gold Line one step closer to reality for the San Gabriel Valley.
When completed, the nearly $1 billion Measure R project will include six new stations with intermodal parking facilities in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa; two dozen new and rebuilt bridge structures; 14 at-grade street crossings; a 3.6-mile shared corridor with BNSF Railway; a 24-acre, $265 million operations campus to house up to 84 light-rail vehicles, and more.
At this halfway point eight at-grade street crossings, 15 bridge structures, 40 percent of the operations campus and 70 percent of the utility work is complete. The freight track between San Gabriel Avenue in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light-rail tracks, and more than half of the overhead electrical system foundations have been put in place. Just recently, the first track has been installed. Importantly, of the more than 600,000 work hours completed to date, none has been lost due to injury.
While the Foothill Gold Line extension still has a significant way to go, the progress already made provides the confidence that we will continue to meet our timeline and stay on budget until this project is complete.
The Construction Authority anticipates turning the operations campus over to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in March 2015, and the remainder of the Pasadena-to-Azusa segment to Metro in September 2015 for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will decide when the project opens for passenger service.
As we hit this important milestone, the Construction Authority is kicking off the next phases of work for the Azusa-to-Montclair and Ontario airport extensions. Detailed design work for the next 12.3 miles from Azusa to Montclair will begin later this year, and this segment will be shovel-ready in the next two years. The segment was environmentally cleared last year and additional construction funding is being sought to complete this six-station extension.
The authority also intends to begin work this year on the next required study for the Ontario Airport Extension, which will connect the Gold Line from the Montclair Transit Center to the airport in an 8-mile final link. This segment is years away from fruition, but the authority continues to be committed to working toward that goal.
The authority is proud of our record of success with the first two segments of the Gold Line, and we look forward to continuing that success into the future.
We thank the community and corridor cities for their patience during our construction, and for their continued dedication and support of the project — past, present and future. We look forward to celebrating completion of the Pasadena-to-Azusa segment just 18 months from now, and breaking ground on the Azusa-to-Montclair segment as soon as possible.
Doug Tessitor is chairman of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority board and the Foothill Transit board and a Glendora councilman.
|February 20th, 2014|
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The following article appeared in The Source (Metro) on February 18, 2014.
On the ground photos of construction work on the Gold Line Foothill Extension – The Source
By Steve Hymon
February 18, 2014
The folks at Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority hosted a media tour Thursday of the light rail project that will extend the Gold Line for 11.5 miles from eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border with new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa and a sprawling light rail maintenance campus in Monrovia.
The project is halfway finished and Metro’s latest forecast calls for an opening in early 2016 (the Construction Authority will turn the project over to Metro, which will operate it and determine the date of opening). Already station foundations are poured, the BNSF tracks east of Duarte have been moved to accommodate freight trains, rails for the Gold Line are either in the ground or being moved into place and bridges are complete or work is finishing up.
In other words, it’s starting to look like a light rail line (check out the aerial photos of the project we posted last week and this article in the Pasadena Star News featuring the back of my head!). When both this project and the Regional Connector are complete, there will be continuous light rail track for 45 miles from Azusa to Long Beach, not to mention the Expo Line to downtown Santa Monica. Amazeballs!
A couple of observations on the Foothill Extension project:
- With parking available at the new stations, I’m guessing the Gold Line will be a lot more convenient for riders who live east of Pasadena and who had to cope with the always-constipated traffic on the 210 freeway and then compete with spaces at the Sierra Madre Villa station parking garage. It should also be a quick train ride for many; the Foothill Extension, for example, is completely grade-separated between Sierra Madre Villa and the Arcadia station and there are other stretches of track with few, if any, street crossings.
- There are going to be some awesome development and redevelopment opportunities along the Foothill Extension, which is following old freight tracks that mostly went through industrial areas. There will be stations in downtown Arcadia and downtown Azusa and the city of Monrovia has been planning improvements, open space and development near their station for quite some time — it’s important because the tracks are about a mile south of Monrovia’s eminently pleasant downtown. Check out the renderings above.
As with any new rail line in our area, it remains to be seen how the rail-community interface comes together (I can easily write the same thing about any of the rail projects thus far in L.A. County). What’s important right now, I think, is that the rail side is coming together right now, courtesy of the Measure R sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.
Many thanks to the Construction Authority for the tour last week and the tip about Canyon City Barbecue, which I nominate for an appearance on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Also, here’s a screen grab of the latest interactive construction map from the Authority; click on the map to visit the interactive version.
|February 19th, 2014|
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The following Editorial appeared in the San Bernardino County Sun on February 17, 2014.
Editorial: Good call not to lower Gold Line extension’s priority – San Bernardino County Sun
By Los Angeles News Group editorial board
February 17, 2014
Good for SanBAG for rejecting a subcommittee’s recommendation to give low priority to extending the Gold Line to Montclair.
The San Bernardino County Association of Governments acts as the county’s transportation agency. SanBAG’s Commuter Rail and Transit subcommittee last month recommended dropping the Gold Line light-rail extension to No. 3 on the agency’s list of rail construction priorities. First came the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, followed by plans to double-track portions of the San Bernardino Metrolink line.
After hearing criticism, especially from Montclair and Ontario officials, SanBAG’s board decided last week to improve the Gold Line extension’s priority — by doing away with the priority numbers altogether.
So now the three future projects have equal footing in terms of importance. That shouldn’t hurt the Redlands project — a 9-mile route from downtown San Bernardino to the University of Redlands — which is closer to construction and further along in identified funding than the Gold Line.
But it could keep the Gold Line extension from losing out on potential federal funds based on low prioritization by the local transportation agency.
The Gold Line Foothill Extension has enough obstacles to contend with in its slow march eastward. The San Bernardino County portion of the project certainly doesn’t need to be labeled a low priority by an agency that should be its champion.
|February 18th, 2014|
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The following article appeared in the Pasadena Star-News on February 15, 2014.
Gold Line extension to Azusa is halfway complete – Pasadena Star-News
By Sarah Favot
February 15, 2014
MONROVIA >> The public transportation project involving an 11.5-mile stretch of light rail from Pasadena to Azusa that will connect the Foothill cities to downtown Los Angeles is halfway complete, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced this week.
“We still have a significant way to go to substantial completion, but the progress already made provides the confidence that we will be able to meet our schedule and deliver this regionally significant project on time and on budget,” said Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian in a statement.
Ground broke on the project in June 2010 and the contractors are scheduled to turn over the completed project by September 2015 to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Metro will then test the system and decide when it is ready for passengers to board.
When it is completed, the project will include six new light rail stations with parking facilities in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa, 24 new and rebuilt bridges, 14 at-grade street crossings and a $265 million “Operations Campus” that can store 84 light rail cars.
Funded by ballot Measure R, a levy approved by voters in 2008, the Pasadena to Azusa extension is slated to cost $751 million.
The largest contract for the project was awarded to Foothill Transit Constructors for $486 million.
About 250 workers are employed on the project, which will peak at 325, according to Jeff Rowland, community relations manager for FTC. Contractors have put in about 500,000 work hours.
Construction around the at-grade street crossings have caused some headaches in the foothill communities, as there have been intersections that have closed for weeks at a time.
In Arcadia, the intersection and sidewalk at First Avenue and Santa Clara Street has been closed since September. In the heart of downtown, there are several businesses near the closure.
Rowland said FTC tries to keep pedestrian access whenever it’s possible and flood the area with signs that remind residents businesses are open amidst construction.
“(The businesses) are already there and so as opposed to something that will get built up around it, it’s there waiting for us to get done,” said Rowland. “They don’t love it at the moment.”
Monrovia officials are eager to bring the Gold Line into an undeveloped area at Myrtle Avenue and Duarte Road.
A $25 million public improvement project is in the works for Station Square, an 80-acre area that will include a community park, a promenade in front of the old depot and transit plaza.
“These three components will all be public space with the idea of creating synergy and energy to create viable public space that will attract people to the Monrovia station,” said Steve Sizemore, the city’s director of community development.
As part of an agreement negotiated with the Construction Authority for the purchase of city property where the maintenance and operations yard will sit, Monrovia will receive $15.7 million for these public improvements from the Construction Authority.
The 24-acre Operations Campus will sit across Myrtle Avenue from Station Square.
It will be one of the biggest maintenance and operations yards in the Metro system. There will be stations for power washing, maintenance and painting vehicles.
The Operations Campus is slated to be turned over to Metro by March 2015, according to the Construction Authority.
The platforms are constructed and the canopy structures are installed for the station in Duarte, across Duarte Road from City of Hope.
Azusa will have two stations: one downtown and another at Citrus College.
The freight track between San Gabriel Avenue in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light rail tracks. Installation is now starting on the light rail tracks.
At halfway through the project, 15 bridges, eight at-grade street crossings, 40 percent of the Operations Campus and 70 percent of the utility work have been completed, according to the Construction Authority.
Arcadia Mayor Mickey Segal praised the rail bridges in the city.
“The Construction Authority and their contractor have done an excellent job making sure that the light rail project fits aesthetically into our city so well that I believe it is going to feel like the train never left Arcadia,” Segal said in a statement.
|February 18th, 2014|
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The Construction Authority announced this week that the Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa is now more than 50% complete. The project is on-budget and on-schedule to be completed and turned over to Metro in September 2015 for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will decide when passenger service starts.
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Here’s a look at some interesting statistics and achievements since work began in 2010:
- More than 600,000 work hours have been expended – with zero hours lost due to injury
- 8 of the 14 at-grade street crossings have been completed
- 15 of the 24 bridge structures are completed, including the five-time award-winning $18.6 million Gold Line Bridge
- The 24-acre, $265 million Operations Campus is now 40% complete, and will be turned over to Metro in just over a year from now
- 70% of utility work along the 11.5-mile alignment is finished
- More than 50% of the Overhead Catenary System foundations have been put into place
- Freight track between San Gabriel Ave in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light rail tracks
Below are a few aerial and ground-level photos that were taken only days ago. More photos of the project’s progress at 50% can be found at our online gallery.
Pasted below is the press release announcement from the Construction Authority:
FOOTHILL EXTENSION LIGHT RAIL PROJECT FROM PASADENA TO AZUSA SURPASSES 50% COMPLETION
Award-Winning Measure R Light Rail Project Remains On-Schedule and On-Budget
MONROVIA, CA – The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announced today that the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa is now more than halfway to project completion. When completed, the nearly $1 billion Measure R project will include six new light rail stations with intermodal parking facilities in the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa; two dozen new and rebuilt bridge structures; 14 at-grade street crossings; 3.6-miles of relocated freight track within a shared corridor with BNSF Railway; and a 24-acre, $265 million Operations Campus to house up to 84 light rail vehicles.
“We were the first Measure R rail project to break ground, and we have stayed on-schedule and on-budget since we began work in 2010,” commented Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian on the milestone. “We still have a significant way to go to substantial completion, but the progress already made provides the confidence that we will be able to meet our schedule and deliver this regionally significant project on time and on budget.”
All three design-build projects have been awarded for the project: (1) the $18.6 million Gold Line Bridge to Skanska USA; (2) the $486 million Pasadena to Azusa Alignment to Foothill Transit Constructors – a Kiewit-Parsons Joint Ventura (FTC); and (3) the $48.7 million Intermodal Parking and Enhancements to Webcor. The Gold Line Bridge was completed on time and on budget in late 2012, and was recognized in 2013 with five prestigious industry awards for its design and construction.
The largest contract – the $486 million Pasadena to Azusa Alignment – is being designed and built by FTC, and is also on-schedule and on-budget. Since work began in early 2012, FTC has utilized nearly 500,000 work hours on the project and has now surpassed 50% completion. To date, eight at-grade street crossings, 15 bridge structures, 40% of the Operations Campus, and 70% of the utility work has been completed. The freight track between San Gabriel Ave in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light rail tracks, more than half of the Overhead Catenary System foundations have been put in place, and light rail track is starting to be installed. Importantly, of the nearly half million work hours completed, none have been lost due to injury.
“The excitement is building, as it becomes more and more apparent that the Gold Line will soon be arriving in these corridor cities,” added Balian. “As each bridge is completed, station canopy installed, or at-grade crossing re-opened following installation of rail improvements, our progress is evident to the community and to our city officials. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we build this project.”
Just 18 months from now, the Alignment and Parking contracts will be completed. The Construction Authority anticipates having the Operations Campus ready for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in March 2015, and the remainder of the project turned over to Metro in September 2015 for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will decide when the project opens for passenger service.
View a photo gallery of 50% images: www.foothillextension.org/news/media-resources/50-percent-photos/
Here is what the project’s corridor mayors are saying about the 50% project milestone:
“I am extremely impressed as I watch the Gold Line being built in Azusa. Crews are nearly complete with the enormous undertaking of moving miles of freight track into its new position; while also building or rebuilding nine rail bridges and completing new street crossings across the city. Work has recently begun on our two future stations, and soundwalls are now under construction along the length of the rail corridor. I am confident that the project is more than halfway complete in our city, and I applaud the Construction Authority and their contractor for a remarkably smooth job so far. Keep up the good work.”
- Mayor Joseph Rocha, City of Azusa
“Monrovia residents are patiently accepting the challenges brought by construction, because we all eagerly anticipate the Gold Line arriving in our city. The excitement is certainly building, especially now that we see the Monrovia station and parking facility starting to take shape. Our city continues to move forward on the plans for our Station Square development, including the largest public works project in our history that will be built up literally around the Monrovia Gold Line station.”
- Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, City of Monrovia
“Construction of the Gold Line has gone very well in Arcadia, since the project broke ground at Newcastle Park in June 2010. The Gold Line Bridge over the eastbound I-210 Freeway has won awards for its’ unique design and engineering, and the three other rail bridges in the city are also quite impressive. The Construction Authority and their contractor have done an excellent job making sure that the light rail project fits aesthetically into our city so well that I believe it is going to feel like the train never left Arcadia.”
- Mayor Mickey Segal, City of Arcadia
“The 50% completion of the Gold Line to Duarte marks a triumphant shift in transit options for Duarte residents. We look forward to 100% completion when we can ride the Gold Line into Pasadena and LA. The canopy structures are already installed at our beautiful station, and light rail track is being laid just a few hundred feet to the east. I look forward to celebrating the completion of the Duarte/City of Hope station just a few short months from now.”
- Mayor Liz Reilly, City of Duarte
“I have watched the Gold Line construction throughout the 11.5-mile corridor over the last year. The work is moving quickly and is already having an impact on the area. With so many workers coming in and out of Irwindale daily, I believe that reaching 50% helps them realize that help is truly on its way. Soon they will be able to utilize the new rail line to get to and from work, and allow our city to grow in new and more sustainable ways.”
- Mayor Mark A. Breceda, City of Irwindale
About the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension - The Foothill Extension is a nearly $2 billion, 24-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line light rail system, being overseen by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, an independent transportation planning and construction agency. The project is planned in two segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure R and is on schedule to be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Measure R is funding the majority of the cost associated with the upcoming advanced conceptual engineering and environmental work for the Azusa to Montclair segment (San Bernardino County will fund their portion of the work). The Construction Authority issued a Request for Proposals for this work in January 2014, and anticipates awarding a contract for the 18-month design and environmental work in April. The Construction Authority continues to work with Metro to seek the nearly $1 billion needed to construct the Azusa to Montclair segment.
|February 14th, 2014|
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