The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and San Bernardino Sun on February 25, 2022. To read the full article (may require subscription). click here.
Montclair, Claremont ask state leaders to fund light-rail extension using budget surplus – San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun
By Steve Scauzillo
February 25, 2022
Both cities, as well as the board overseeing the current Glendora-to-Pomona extension of the L Line, formerly known as the Gold Line, have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom and key state lawmakers for $748 million to build the last leg of the project and push the light-rail service past Claremont in LA County to Montclair in San Bernardino County.
Adding the two stations would generate more than 50% of the new ridership for the electric-powered trolley line, while eliminating 53% of the car trips and 60% of the vehicle miles traveled. In total, the extension to Montclair is expected to add 7,700 new L Line boardings each weekday by 2028 and eliminate 14,900 car trips each day, mostly from the 210 and 10 freeways, the letters said.
The train would become an alternative to 3 million vehicle trips that are made each day in the Gold Line corridor cities, of which only 3% are made by transit, the officials said.
Montclair wrote that the station to be built at the city’s existing Montclair TransCenter would allow riders from a dozen bus lines and Metrolink passenger trains from San Bernardino to hop on the light-rail line that takes riders to Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Irwindale, Duarte, Arcadia, Pasadena and Los Angeles’ Chinatown, Downtown LA and East LA. The standard cost of a ride is $1.75.
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