I Will Ride.org
I Will Ride Blog
Speak Up
Act Now

Preview of APU/Citrus College Gold Line Station Art

Posted by GoldLine

APU/Citrus College Gold Line station artist Lynn Goodpasture is currently bringing to life the mosaic artwork that will be installed at the station. Below is a small preview of the mosaic art pieces you will see at the future APU/Citrus College Gold Line station. Images are courtesy of Lynn Goodpasture.

To learn more about Lynn Goodpasture and her unique artwork for the APU/Citrus College Gold Line station, watch this artist spotlight video feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2-O2ppIWZA

September 25th, 2014
click here to comment

Pomona was willing suitor for Santa Fe’s railroad proposal – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Posted by GoldLine

The following article appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on September 22, 2014.

Pomona was willing suitor for Santa Fe’s railroad proposal – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

By Joe Blackstock

September 22, 2014

Pomona found itself in the midst of two approaching armies in early 1887.

Determined companies of men and machines marched every day, getting ever closer to a confrontation with the good folks of Pomona.

But as far as Pomona was concerned, the visitors couldn’t get here fast enough.

These “armies,” coming from the west and east, were hardly anything to be feared, because in their wake brought great prosperity and wealth.

In January 1887, builders of the first transcontinental railroad to reach Los Angeles — the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe — were 35 miles apart, with one crew of workers furiously grading and putting down rails west from San Bernardino and another moving east from Pasadena.

But before they could meet, the Santa Fe needed to tie up a loose end — or rather middle. Rail officials knew where they wanted the route to go but they hadn’t really told anybody or, more importantly, acquired the land. The railroads of those days were ever arrogant in their actions, knowing that communities and individual landowners drooled at the prospect of the train coming their way and would do almost anything they wanted.

It was obvious that if you didn’t agree with what the railroad wanted, it would just go around you.

The January 27 edition of the weekly Pomona Progress reported that Ontario officials objected to the Santa Fe planning its route along Eighth Street in that city. The discussion was probably very brief — Santa Fe will win out.

Pomona folks excitedly speculated on when it would be approached by the Santa Fe and which route would be proposed. The January columns of the weekly Pomona Progress were full of train rumors and speculation.

The big day — actually two — finally arrived when an engineer and attorney from Santa Fe appeared in Pomona ready to acquire the rights-of-way.

The Progress said that on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29, 20 local landowners sat down with the Santa Fe representatives in the Pomona courtroom of Judge Frank Fiery on Second Street. (However, most history books say it happened on Feb. 3)

The Progress of Feb. 3 reported a Santa Fe assistant engineer laid out the railroad’s wishes to the assembled Pomonans: The route would be “the south line of the (Charles) Loop place, due west to the old San Bernardino stage road and following the latter to Mud Springs (the original name of San Dimas.).

That was simple enough but the final details were certainly not arrived at easily. The actual location of the Pomona station, about 2 ½ miles north of downtown, was the real sticking point — everyone wanted the station near their ranch for the ease of shipping their goods to market. The conference lasted all day Friday without much resolution, but upon returning the next day an agreement was reached.

“In the evening the deeds were signed by A.R. Meserve, E.D. Rice and Dr. (George) Parsons giving 10 acres to the railroad company for depot purposes,” reported the Progress.

There were still a few problems requiring some additional talks between the three men and the railroads but that was finally cleared up on Feb. 23. That same day, the railroad crews started grading through what today is Claremont, north Pomona and La Verne, reported the Progress. The first trains over the new route arrived in Los Angeles on May 31, 1887.

With the railroad also arrived an army of land developers and speculators who quickly recognized the value of the land now so accessible by rail. Everywhere you looked, new towns sprouted overnight, bringing us such places as Claremont, La Verne (known as Lordsburg), San Dimas and Glendora.

For the next century, that original route was traveled by tens of thousands of Santa Fe passenger and freight trains, and today east of Claremont it carries the commuters on San Bernardino-Los Angeles Metrolink trains.

And the Santa Fe route west of Claremont? Well, that’s the scene of another railroad-building operation. The Metro Gold Line light rail project is moving ever closer and very slowly in hopes of eventually joining Los Angeles and Claremont along the 1887 route.

September 23rd, 2014
click here to comment

Gold Line extension arrives, Glendora plans affordable housing – Los Angeles Register

Posted by GoldLine

The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on September 19, 2014.

Gold Line extension arrives, Glendora plans affordable housing – Los Angeles Register

By Anna Iliff

September 19, 2014

GLENDORA – History may be repeating itself in Glendora.

When a new public rail stop was built more than a century ago, it played a major role in the city’s development.

In 1907, access to the Pacific Electric Railroad Co. brought the Red Car to Glendora and provided a link to downtown Los Angeles.

Four years later, in 1911, Glendora incorporated. Although the population remained fairly small, at just 700 residents, Glendora found its place on the map.

Today, the community of 51,000 is experiencing a development boom again thanks to the extension of the Metro Gold Line. As the city waits for funding and construction of a station in the heart of Glendora Village, it is taking steps to beef up housing options with the addition of several townhouse and apartment projects along the Gold Line and Route 66 corridor.

Jeff Kugel, director of planning for Glendora, said the city has been looking at developing the land along the future light-rail stop for more than a decade. He said it took awhile for the economy to improve enough, though, before developers started to solicit the city with housing plans.

“At one time, Glendora was the edge of the world,” Kugel said. “Now, with the growth of Southern California, we’re centrally located.

“The job base is not just in L.A. anymore. There are a lot more jobs within the San Gabriel Valley, and there are a lot of jobs in Orange County. We’re well-located for people to reasonably get to those areas.”

Tom Gutieras, senior director of development for AvalonBay Communities, said Glendora was in need of new apartment housing for young professionals, couples and small families.

“We feel that Glendora is an underserved market,” Guiteras said. “There aren’t many apartment homes that have been built in the last decade or more. We really saw an opportunity to provide residents with upgraded apartment housing.”

Higher-density housing near the future Gold Line station should encourage light-rail ridership and reduce car trips and traffic in the city, Guiteras said.

“We have to plan for growth, and we have to do it in the best way that we can to accommodate all of the concerns of our community,” Kugel said. “We’re mostly single-family homes, but we want to have people be able to take the light rail. We want to make sure everybody has enough water. It’s a difficult thing to manage.”

While the future Gold Line station creates a good location for incoming residents, Kugel said it’s also important for Glendora to provide housing that is affordable for younger professionals, couples and first-time homebuyers.

“Most of the land in Glendora is actually utilized for single-family developments,” he said. “In the long run, that will not change. For people who are younger and wanting to be a first-time homebuyer, these projects provide an option. What was once an affordable $14,000 single family home in 1962 is now a family’s second or third home because it’s $600,000.”

At City Council and Planning Commission meetings, some residents have said they are concerned about the changing landscapes and potential increased population and traffic.

“People are always concerned about growth and change,” Kugel said. “You always hear ‘This is not the Glendora that I moved to in 1970.’ And it’s not.

“It’s not a realistic plan for a large majority of cities to say, ‘We’re just not going to develop or build anymore. We’re not going to allow that to occur in our community. We’re done.’ I think that ignores the fact that the population will continue to grow.”

September 23rd, 2014
click here to comment

Look, no wheels: L.A. without a car – Los Angeles Register

Posted by GoldLine

The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on September 20, 2014.

Look, no wheels: L.A. without a car – Los Angeles Register

By America Hernandez

September 20, 2014

As a 22-year-old lifelong native of downtown Los Angeles, I’ve never driven a car.

From dance classes in Koreatown to schools in Los Feliz, and the odd Hollywood rock gig or two in between, all I ever needed was the underground Metro Red Line.

But what if you live in Sunland and want to shop at the Americana in Glendale? The Metro 90 and 91 buses both will get you there in just over an hour, and a quick hop on the 780 Rapid connects you to Paseo Colorado in Old Town Pasadena.

How about getting from Compton to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for exhibits on ancient Korean vases and African paintings of the cosmos? Taking the Blue light rail line to Seventh and Metro, followed by 25 minutes on the westbound 20 bus leaves you five minutes away on foot.

Each day, I’m one of about 2 million people who rides the buses and rails in L.A., according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. And it’s not just people who can’t afford cars.

“There’s a change underway, from the baby boomers to the millennials,” said Marc Littman, a spokesman for Metro. “People are fed up with traffic and want options.”

Even if you have a car but don’t want to deal with parking at the beach, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will take you to the pier or Venice – whether you live in Culver City or Brentwood – at L.A. Live or near Los Angeles International Airport.

Most buses in Los Angeles today are clean and air-conditioned, but packing a pair of sunglasses is always helpful if you find yourself near the window at a red light.

And don’t let the transit time dissuade you: Take a book, or better yet, keep your eyes peeled. Walking and getting to look out the window while someone else steers are the best way to learn the city and immerse yourself in its diverse cultures.

Empty-nesters are relocating to cultural centers, and yuppies and hipsters embrace the stress-free walk to work in up-and-coming neighborhoods.

“If there’s anyone who doubts Los Angeles people ride mass transit, I tell them to go to Union Station at rush hour and see the 70,000 commuters streaming out of the tunnels to and from work,” Littman said.

Los Angeles Metro is the third-largest transportation agency in the country, after New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Chicago’s Transit Authority.

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard and experienced is that buses in this town are famously unreliable.

This can be true, but technology is here to help: A few key phone numbers, websites and applications can make sure you always know where the bus you want is in real time.


If you already know your route, Nextbus uses your location to show the nearest stops from all agencies in a scroll-down format, with two upcoming arrival times tracked live.

Moovit has both a trip-planning feature and fixed schedules updated using GPS.

For me, the simplest option is often best. Metro’s Trip Planner website lets me input starting and end points and shows me all the options, including how much walking I want to do.

Once I’m at the stop, I’ll call the number on the signpost to see whether the bus is a few minutes early or if I’ve just missed it.

Of course, for those times when I’m running late or want to head somewhere not easily accessible by bus or rail, application-based car services such as Uber let me enter my desired destination, then sit back and relax as my chauffeur does the heavy driving.

For all the talk of constraints that come along with public transit, I find knowing how to get around independently in Los Angeles truly liberating.

When The Missing Persons sang “Nobody walks in L.A.” in 1982, the group had a point. Back then, the California dream was cruising Pacific Coast Highway with the top down and the music up.

Forget that song. You don’t know this city until you’ve punched up your iPhone playlist and walked L.A.


Getting there

• Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica Beach: Take the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station and board the Big Blue Bus R7. Get off on Ocean/ Colorado, then walk toward the sea. TIME: 1 hourCOST: $2.75

• Pasadena to Venice Beach: Take the Gold Line East to Union Station and board the Metro 733. Get off on Main/Grand and walk to the beach. TIME: 2 hours, 10 minutes COST:$3.50

• Culver City to the J. Paul Getty Museum:Take Bus 4 from Culver City Station to Farfax/Electric. Then board the Metro 534 bus and get off at Pacific Coast Highway/Coastline. TIME: 1 hour, 25 minutesCOST: $2.75

Echo Park to the Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd: Hop on the Metro 2 at Sunset/Park. Exit at Sunset/Crescent Heights. TIME: 1 hourCOST: $1.75

• Monrovia to Hollywood and Vine: Take the 187 Foothill Transit bus at Huntington Drive/ California Avenue. Get off at Colorado/Los Robles. Board the Metro 780 to Hollywood/Vine. TIME: 2 hours COST: $2.50

• Silverlake to The Troubadour in West Hollywood: Board the Metro 704 at Sunset/Silverlake and get off at Santa Monica/San Vicente. OR board the Metro 4 at Sunset/ Silverlake and get off at Santa Monica/Doheny. TIME: 1 hour COST: $1.75

• Glendora to the Rose Bowl Flea Market:Board the 187 Foothill Transit Bus on Grand/Route 66 and get off at Colorado/Los Robles. Take the Metro 267 and get off at Lincoln/Mountain. TIME: 2 hours Cost: $2.50

• Los Angeles to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland: Grab the Metro 460 bus at Fifth/Flower or Figueroa/ Pico. Get off at your theme park of choice. TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes COST: $1.75

Long Beach to L.A. Live: Catch the Metro Blue Line at Wardlow Station and get off on Pico. Walk heading north on Pico Blvd for 10 minutes until you see the lights. TIME: 50 minutes COST: $1.75

5 Important Transit Lines To Know

When planning trips, recognizing the main connector points between cities is crucial. Here are several heavy-duty routes.

• Metro Orange Line: This bus route connects the San Fernando Valley, going from Chatsworth in the northwest to Canoga Park, Reseda, Van Nuys and terminating at the North Hollywood subway station.

Metro Red Line: This underground subway connects North Hollywood, Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Feliz via Vermont, Koreatown via Wilshire and downtown Los Angeles at Union Station.

Metro Gold Line: This light rail links East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Little Tokyo and downtown Los Angeles to Highland Park, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.

Foothill Transit: The 187 Bus connects Pasadena’s Gold Line rail to Arcadia, Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont and Montclair. The Silver Streak bus starts in Montclair and stops in Pomona, West Covina, Baldwin Park and El Monte and travels into downtown Los Angeles and the USC Medical Center.

Big Blue Bus: The series of trains connects various parts of West Los Angeles, linking Westwood, Brentwood, Culver City and Century City to Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Playa Vista and Mar Vista.

C’mon, try it

In honor of World Car Free Day, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is inviting locals to participate in a series of car-free events Sunday, Sept. 21, and Monday, Sept. 22.

Discover L.A. Sunday Bike Tour: In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, bike ride through a selected section of Los Angeles to discover some of the most beautiful and historic murals in the city up close, including “The Great Wall of Los Angeles.” The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Tujunga Green Belt Park and guide participants along Coldwater Canyon Avenue (between Oxnard Street and Burbank Boulevard).

• Blacklist L.A. World Car Free Day Run: The group will meet Monday at 10 p.m. in front of the Urban Lights installation at LACMA (along Wilshire Boulevard). Participants are encouraged to arrive early, wear comfortable running shoes and bring their cameras or cell phones to take pictures along the way and join the conversation by using #blacklistla and #CarFreeLA.

• Self-guided Tours: L.A. Tourism has 15 car-free guides to discovering Los Angeles, from Museum Row and the beaches to the best street art and music venues in town. Visithttp://www.discoverlosangeles.com/carfreelafor the full list of options.

September 22nd, 2014
click here to comment

Construction Update and Picture of the Week

Posted by GoldLine

Another milestone was reached this week, as crews completed the concrete pour at the Huntington Dr bridge in Arcadia, making it the last of the Foothill Gold Line’s 24 bridge structures to be completed.

September 19th, 2014
click here to comment

Video: Assemblymember Holden Says Gold Line Light Rail Train is Priority for Pasadena and Region

Posted by GoldLine

California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) takes a ride on the Gold Line and talks about the need for expansion to provide vital transportation options between Los Angeles and the cities of the San Gabriel Foothills. Assemblymember Holden also hosts a Transportation Round Table in Claremont with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and talks about why he’s trying so hard to keep the Gold Line on track.

Source: Website of California State Assemblymember Chris Holden

September 17th, 2014
click here to comment

APU Students Collaborate on Azusa Downtown Station Mosaic Art

Posted by GoldLine

As part of the public art development process for the Azusa Downtown Gold Line station, artist Jose Antonio Aguirre invited Azusa Pacific University art students to collaborate with him on the mosaic art pieces that will be installed at the station. The students were given the freedom to complete Jose’s designs with the colors of their choice.

To see more pictures of the students’ artwork, click here to visit the Facebook album.

September 16th, 2014
click here to comment

Construction Update and Picture of the Week

Posted by GoldLine

Construction continues to visibly progress on the Monrovia Gold Line station and parking structure.

September 12th, 2014
click here to comment

SAVE THE DATE: Foothill Gold Line Track Completion Ceremony

Posted by GoldLine

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.

September 11th, 2014
click here to comment

Monrovia’s Station Square Breaks Ground in Anticipation of Gold Line Arrival

Posted by GoldLine

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

September 11th, 2014
click here to comment

Sign Up for Updates

©Copyright 2009-11 I Will Ride.org. All rights reserved.