The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on August 6, 2019. To read the full article, click here.
Building Gold Line to Pomona, maybe Claremont and Montclair, depends on San Gabriel Valley cities giving up some transportation dollars – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
August 6, 2019
Full funding of the Gold Line foothill extension to Pomona, with the option of going to Claremont and Montclair, is up for a vote Thursday, Aug. 8, but the ask requires San Gabriel Valley cities to give up more than 60% of their discretionary transportation dollars to fill the funding gap.
Without an extra $126 million, the 12.3-mile extension from Glendora to Montclair would be delayed at least two years and could become more expensive due to escalating costs of labor and tariffs on raw materials, according to the Gold Line Construction Authority.
[Foothill Gold Line CEO Habib F.] Balian stressed that the Gold Line extension has regional benefits, not just to those foothill cities with stations. To curtail it by extending only so far as La Verne would be a loss of its capacity to move cars off the clogged freeways and onto the light-rail train, thereby reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and extreme weather.
“This is a regional project,” he said during an interview Friday. “People in Temple City ride our train. People in Rosemead ride our train. They go to Pasadena or Citrus College.”
If the train were to reach Pomona and beyond, developers would build more housing along the route, he added. Already the train has resulted in $1 billion in private investment in housing and commercial development, he said.
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