The following excerpt appeared in the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on September 1, 2019. To read the full article, click here.
$550 million price tag for the Gold Line to Claremont and Montclair – Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Steve Scauzillo
September 1, 2019
Of the $550 million it will cost to extend Gold Line from Pomona to Montclair, the bulk — around $450 million — is needed to build the line to Claremont. That money has yet to be secured.
From there, getting the line to Montclair costs only $100 million, according to Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority.
Engineering and construction in Claremont, he said, must include:
• Demolishing the existing Metrolink station and moving it across the street, with a Gold Line station built in its place;
• Laying temporary tracks for both Metrolink and freight rail, which will be removed when permanent tracks are laid;
• Erecting four train bridges over Monte Vista Avenue, Garey Avenue, Towne Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. Each will cost about $30 million, Balian said.
“It is very expensive to go from Pomona to Claremont,” he said. “The cost per mile is very high.”
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