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SAVE THE DATE: Foothill Gold Line Track Completion Ceremony

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The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa is on time and on budget for construction completion in September 2015. The Measure R-funded project will achieve a major milestone next month, when the last of about 300,000 e-clips is driven into the light rail track, completing installation of more than 28 miles of light rail track for the 11.5-mile project.

The final clip will be driven as part of the project’s track completion ceremony, taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2014. We invite you to participate.

Foothill Gold Line Track Completion Ceremony
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 AM
Future Azusa Downtown Station
More details to follow soon.

Please let us know by Friday, September 26, 2014 if you plan to attend. RSVP to Linda Manning at lmanning@foothillgoldline.org or (626) 305-7026.

Event questions can be directed to Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs, at llevybuch@foothillgoldline.org or (626) 305-7004.

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September 11th, 2014
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Monrovia’s Station Square Breaks Ground in Anticipation of Gold Line Arrival

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With the Foothill Gold Line on schedule to be completed in just over a year, and passenger service projected to begin in early 2016, the City of Monrovia took a big step in preparing for its arrival with the groundbreaking of the Station Square Transit Village project yesterday. City and regional officials, members of the public and the media, and the Foothill Gold Line were present to witness the beginning of the largest public works project in Monrovia’s history.

“We have fought, we have cried, we have begged to get our [Gold Line] light rail through the Foothill cities,” said Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz in her opening remarks. “Along with the opening of the Foothill Extension in 2016, the completion of Station Square Transit Village will reinvent our area of Monrovia around our historic [Santa Fe] depot.”

Shown above, Construction Authority Board Vice Chairman and Claremont City Councilmember Sam Pedroza spoke to the crowd and reminded everyone of the benefits the Gold Line has brought to the cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena since it began operating through those cities 11 years ago. He also praised the City of Monrovia for leading the way for the current construction segment in realizing the potential of the Gold Line and planning for significant growth around the future station.

As for the Azusa to Montclair segment, which is currently undergoing advanced conceptual engineering and seeking construction funding, Assemblymember Chris Holden reiterated that the Foothill Gold Line was a vital link to the entire region, and that he would continue working on its behalf until it is brought all the way to Montclair.

Here are links to a few articles that ran about yesterday’s groundbreaking:

30 years in the Making; Monrovia Council breaks ceremonial ground for Station Square Transit Village – Monrovia Weekly

City of Monrovia breaks ground on Gold Line Station Square Transit Village – The Source

Station Square Ground Breaking Ceremony – Monrovia California – Gem City Images

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September 11th, 2014
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Foothill Gold Line 2014 Third Quarter Construction Newsletter

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The 2014 Third Quarter issue of the Foothill Gold Line construction newsletter is now available for download. The Pasadena to Azusa project is 75% complete; and in this issue, you will find an overall project update, as well as in-depth information on how the light rail system is installed and how each street-level crossings is designed with the latest, state-of-the-art safety features.

Click below to download the Foothill Gold Line 2014 Third Quarter Construction Newsletter (PDF file size: <1 mb).

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September 9th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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The train control cabins were installed this week at the Monrovia Gold Line station.

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September 5th, 2014
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Larry Wilson: Bill Bogaard calmed the Pasadena political storm – Pasadena Star-News

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The following article appeared in the Pasadena Star-News on September 2, 2014.

Larry Wilson: Bill Bogaard calmed the Pasadena political storm – Pasadena Star-News

By Larry Wilson

September 2, 2014

You’ll sometimes hear Pasadenans with a perverse view of the reasons we have a local politics lamenting the tranquility that reigns — as it has for 15 years — in City Hall.

They’re recalling a time when quite literally the most exciting show on TV most Monday nights was the Pasadena City Council cablecast on KPAS. Mayor Rick Cole was rallying the populace to create a populist General Plan and wearing a “Tournament of Racists” T-shirt underneath his dress shirt as he rode in the Rose Parade. Councilman and former Mayor Bill Paparian, who represented Armenian patriots (sometimes more than that) in their violent fights with the Turkish government, got a concealed weapon permit for his own protection, and his seatmate Councilman Isaac Richard howled about that fact on the air, saying he wasn’t going to be sitting next to the dude who was packing.

One headline 22 years ago this month in the Star-News: “Mayor calls in police as councilmen argue: Paparian says Richard challenged him to a fight,” Those are just random highlights; dozens of other stories would do as well.

Sixteen years ago, after serving a very well-regarded two years as rotating mayor while a councilman in the 1980s, into the fray came Bill Bogaard, running for the newly created position of citywide elected mayor on a platform of calming the waters and bringing peace and respect back to City Hall.

He won in a landslide. Every landslide since then has gotten bigger. Last time around, no one — not even the token candidates who had stood up the past two elections just to make a race of it — took the bait. He is so respected and so beloved that the local joke has been for years now that voters, given the chance, would elect Bill Bogaard mayor of Pasadena for life.

With his announcement Tuesday that next spring he won’t run for a fifth term — sixth if you count the ‘80s — Bogaard won’t give voters the chance at that coronation. At a lunch meeting Tuesday with three prominent Pasadenans just before the news was announced, the subject of whether Bill would run again came up, as well as a principal reason for the enormous respect he is accorded: As he chairs a meeting, you can never tell, whether in words or body language, what his stand on the issue is until the very last minute. His job is to make all his colleagues’ views known, as well as the views of the public.

Bill Bogaard is not only the great calmer of the troubled Pasadena waters; he’s also the great facilitator of the common good. He will be forever remembered as the mayor who gave boring a very good name indeed.

Not that he hasn’t passions, and he brought his considerable legal and political skills to promoting preservation, vital neighborhoods, education and a fiscally strong Pasadena in his decades of public service. And those who have only seen the public man in the pin-striped suit might be surprised to know he can tell a bawdy joke and swear like a sailor. Well, like an admiral. An admiral of the fleet.

Thanks, mayor, for all of that.

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September 4th, 2014
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Join the Foothill Gold Line at Mobility 21 on Friday

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The Foothill Gold Line will be participating in this year’s Mobility 21 Transportation Summit, the largest one-day transportation conference in California. Look for the Foothill Gold Line booth at the conference, and then take part in the afternoon Foothill Gold Line-sponsored breakout session, Expanding Transit Networks Through Last Mile Connectivity.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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September 3rd, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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A view of the Mountain Ave grade crossing, which reopened north of Duarte Rd earlier this week after several months of closure. Mountain Ave south of Duarte Rd will be closed for several more months to complete realignment of the intersection.

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August 28th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Hoists are being set into place at the heavy repair bay within the main campus building at the Gold Line Operations Campus.

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August 22nd, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Crews have begun installing messenger wire onto the OCS (Overhead Catenary System) along the center median of the I-210 Freeway.

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August 15th, 2014
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Glendora to recruit Gold Line station art committee – Los Angeles Register

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The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on August 14, 2014.

Glendora to recruit Gold Line station art committee – Los Angeles Register

By Anna Iliff

August 14, 2014

GLENDORA – The City Council gave the green light Tuesday to begin recruitment for a five-member committee to oversee the design and art for the city’s Metro Gold Line Station.

Construction hasn’t been scheduled but will be part of the Gold Line’s Foothill Extension Phase 2B project, which includes a 12-mile stretch from Azusa to Montclair.

“Optimistically, we could begin construction in 2017, assuming the funding becomes available,” said Albert Ho, a representative from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

The committee will include a representative from the Glendora Planning Commission, a member of the Glendora Station Community Homeowners Association, one resident who lives north of Route 66, one who lives south of Route 66 and a city staff member.

This is the second Metro Gold Line Glendora Station Design and Art Review Committee. The original committee operated from 2004 to 2007 and consisted of eight community members who selected the station artist and developed initial design concepts.

Initial design ideas include vibrant tile mosaics and benches that highlight the city’s historic citrus industry background.

Council members said the new committee expand and freshen up existing design concepts, select a color palette, look at betterment opportunities and work with station artist Michael Hillman to further artistic development.

The city will begin recruitment this fall and plans to make an official selection in October.

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August 15th, 2014
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