The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on November 20, 2017. To read the full article, click here.
Building Glendora-to-Montclair Gold Line extension will bring thousands of workers, billions in spending to SGV’s foothill cities – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
November 20, 2017
Construction of the 12.3-mile Glendora-to-Montclair extension of the Gold Line will be expensive, costing about $1.5 billion in public funds, while also causing dust, detours and delays in six foothill cities for the next nine years.
But construction alone — likely to be a vivid intrusion into everyday life in these quiet suburbs — will come gift-wrapped in cash. The work will create $2.6 billion in economic output and generate 17,000 jobs, mostly in the hard-hit construction industry, according to a report from Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, an economic forecasting firm.
“It is just one of the validaters of this project, when you look at the economic benefit these communities will receive,” said Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority. “Originally, we think of how it will move people and get people out of their cars. Then there is this additional benefit.”
From the official start of the project on Dec. 2, through early 2027 when passenger service begins, the task of building the train line will require an immense amount of work.
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