With two strikes of the ceremonial golden hammer by the track crew foreman and Monrovia resident, Elias Avila, the final e-clip was installed this past Saturday at approximately 11 a.m. Once in place, this final action completed all 28 miles of light rail track needed for the Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa.
Installation of the final e-clip was one of many photo-worthy moments at the Track Completion Ceremony that took place this past Saturday. More than 400 community members, project stakeholders, elected officials and members of the media were in attendance at the event, which was held near the future Azusa Downtown Station in the City of Azusa. All witnessed the historic moment when the track was fully completed, connecting the cities of Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa via this new light rail line.
Local, county, state and federal officials from throughout the corridor cities attended the event. Speaking about the importance of this project milestone were Congress Members Grace Napolitano and Judy Chu; State Senator Norma Torres; State Assembly Member Roger Hernandez; County Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Construction Authority Board Members Doug Tessitor (Glendora Council Member), Sam Pedroza (Claremont Council Member), and John Fasana (Duarte Council Member); Azusa Mayor Joseph Rocha and Council Member Uriel Macias; and Metro Board Member and Glendale City Council Member Ara Najarian. Mayors and Council Members from all of the project’s corridor cities, along with other Construction Authority board members, were present for this memorable occasion.
For a recap of the event, view the photo gallery below or watch the ABC 7 news segment.
Photo Gallery of Event Moments (click photos to enlarge):