The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 18, 2021. To read the full article (may require subscription), click here.
Lawmakers seek $540 million from state to push Gold Line to Montclair – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
June 18, 2021
The lawmakers, joined by the cities of Montclair and Claremont, are racing against the clock. A contract already awarded to Kiewit-Parsons nearly two years ago includes environmental approval and a locked-in price to build to Montclair, but that window closes at the end of October.
“This project has already been bid out and it is not going to get any cheaper,” said Claremont Councilman Ed Reece, who sits on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority board and chairs its construction committee.
If fully funded, the extension to Montclair has a completion date of 2028 and is expected to increase ridership on the L Line by 8,100 daily boardings by 2028, and 18,000 more by 2042. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, which reduced ridership by 60%, the line carried an average weekday ridership of 52,000 in 2017.
Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, a member of a key state transportation committee, has led the effort. He said the state budget may include about $5.3 billion for transportation projects, part of the surplus the lawmakers want to tap.
“If not now, then when? We have a chance now, and for our region there is nothing bigger than the Gold Line,” Holden said.
“A driving issue for all of us is to link the two counties — to extend from Los Angeles County into San Bernardino County,” he said.
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