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Gold Line Foothill Extension Daily Transportation News for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Posted by Kristen

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News Analysis: As Rhetoric Intensifies, Deal Between GLCA and Monrovia Is Most Likely Outcome — Monrovia Patch
http://monrovia.patch.com/articles/news-analysis-as-rhetoric-intensifies-deal-between-glca-and-monrovia-is-most-likely-outcome

Opinion – GLCA Chairman: Gold Line Could Use Eminent Domain Against Monrovia — Monrovia Patch
http://monrovia.patch.com/articles/glca-chairman-gold-line-could-use-eminent-domain-against-monrovia

Public Invited for Update on Regional Connector Plans — Blog Downtown
http://blogdowntown.com/2011/06/6281-public-invited-for-update-on-regional-connector

Regional Connector Updates Kick Off Later This Morning — Streetsblog L.A.
http://la.streetsblog.org/2011/06/21/regional-connector-updates-kick-off-later-this-morning/

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Special Board Meeting Could Deliver Important Milestone for Pasadena to Azusa Extension

Posted by GoldLine

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board will convene next Tuesday, January 18 at 12:00 p.m. at the Construction Authority offices. The board will be deliberating and possibly certifying the Supplemental EIR for Phase 2A (which will result in environmental clearance for the Maintenance & Operations facility, new parking locations for Monrovia and Irwindale, realignment of the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Duarte Road, and replacement of two bridges along the alignment from Pasadena to Azusa).

Visit the Authority’s website for more details.

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It’s out! Authority Issues Request for Proposals for Pasadena to Azusa Extension

Posted by GoldLine

Artist rendering of Monrovia Gold Line Foothill Extension station

Yesterday, the Construction Authority issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the $450 million Foothill Extension Phase 2A work. This is the big one – the contract that will result in the final design and construction of the track, stations, crossings, rail maintenance facility, and more (in other words, everything you need to build a railroad).

Importantly, the RFP includes a financing component. The winning bidder will enter into a public-private partnership with the Construction Authority and provide private financing to jump start the work ahead of the Measure R dollars all being “in the bank” and will get us a finished line years ahead of the public funding.

Proposals are due January 27, 2011 and the winning team will be announced in April 2011. That is when final design work begins, when you will start seeing activity along the route, and when the bulk of the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion of economic stimulus created by the project starts being realized.

Just a fresher – three teams were prequalified earlier this year. These three are now the only ones competing for this project, and include: (1) Foothill Transit Constructors (Kiewit Pacific Co. and Parsons Transportation Group Inc.); (2) Shimmick Construction Company/URS Corporation; and (3) Skanska USA Civil West California District/Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.

Let the bidding begin!

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