Pomona residents get a closer look at Gold Line extension plans – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

The following excerpt appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on March 14, 2020. To read the full article (may require subscription), click here.

As a reminder, all of the information presented at the open house is available on the project website, and staff is available to answer questions by phone or email:

Construction-Related Questions:

(626) 513-5788 / CommunityRelations@Kiewit-Parsons.com 

General Project Questions:

(626) 305-7012 / publicaffairs@foothillgoldline.org 

Pomona residents get a closer look at Gold Line extension plans – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

By Javier Rojas

March 14, 2020


Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, said his team has been developing the light-rail project in collaboration with the communities it will serve since 2003. Together, the authority and communities have determined everything from where the stations are going to be located, to how to accommodate parking, to details about station art and even where kiosks should be located. Residents all along the way have expressed their excitement about the project, Balian said.

“‘Why can’t you build it faster?’ is what I hear all the time,” he added. “Our scheduled delivery is 2025 and Kiewit wants to move that up substantially. We are gonna come to terms with the schedule very soon and hopefully have it completed before 2025.”

The open house on Wednesday was the third in a planned series of four such events. Organizers also held open houses in Glendora and La Verne, but the event in San Dimas was canceled due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus and state and county rules restricting the size of public gatherings.

Pomona resident, John Perez, 66, has been following the Gold Line extension for years. He said he’s excited now that the project has a completion date. Perez currently rides the Gold Line on the weekends to get to venues such as Staples Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In a few years, he will be able to hitch a ride closer to his own backyard.

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