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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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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Last night, crews lifted and placed the first of several steel girders onto the bridge structure over the intersection of Huntington Dr and Second Ave in Arcadia.

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August 9th, 2014
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Downtown Arcadia intersection at Huntington and Second will be closed for Gold Line construction – Pasadena Star-News

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The following article appeared in the Pasadena Star-News on August 6, 2014.

Downtown Arcadia intersection at Huntington and Second will be closed for Gold Line construction – Pasadena Star-News

Construction signs at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Second Ave in Arcadia, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Hugo Guzman

August 6, 2014

ARCADIA>> Beginning Friday. officials plan to close the intersection of Huntington Drive and Second Avenue to refurbish an iconic and decades-old railroad bridge over a four-day period.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension construction crews will work round-the-clock, but won’t immediately complete the work. That will be done during six weeks of night-time closures.

All-day closures will begin on Friday at midnight and end Tuesday at 6 a.m. The next six weeks of night-time closures will begin on that Tuesday night, and will run Sundays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Far from being angry or upset local business owners said they were excited.

“The bridge has always been an eyesore,” said James Jackson, manager of Helen’s Cycles.

He said the construction work is a welcome sight, and the prospect of worse traffic is a small price to pay.

Employee Scott Sing agreed with him, saying that the Metro might be worth it. “I know a lot of people are waiting for it.”

During the closures, cars and pedestrians trying to cross the intersection will need to follow detours.

This work is part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. The project seeks to extend the Metro Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, along the foothills.

The first phase of construction will install the bridge girders, while Phase Two will install cross beams and deck steel.

After construction of the bridge is complete, communications and other systems will be added. However, these installations are not expected to cause further closures, said Lisa Levy Buch, director of public affairs for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

According to Buch, the project is on-track for completion in September 2015. The extension project has taken four years to complete, and more than $1 billion. The bridge completion will be the final step of construction.

“It’s a pretty big milestone for us, to get this far in the project,” Buch said.

Locals are optimistic.

Connecting Arcadia and downtown Los Angeles was also a big excitement for local resident Sy Rosell. Rosell plans on making use of the Gold Line Extension to travel to Los Angeles.

”There might be a show down there, and I might not want to drive down,” Rosell said.

Matt McSweeny, owner of Matt Denny’s Ale House, is advising his employees on how to adapt to the changes. Many of them live east of the closure, and will have to deal with detours. However, he is confident that the project will help Arcadia, despite the difficulties.

“This is part of the deal,” McSweeny said. “It’s going to be better after this.”

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August 7th, 2014
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