The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on October 25, 2019. To read the full article, click here (may require subscription).
San Gabriel Valley mayors talk alternatives to Gold Line with chief of San Bernardino COG – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
October 25, 2019
Whatever Ray Wolfe said to the mayors of the San Gabriel Valley about alternatives to extending a train system into San Bernardino County, it wouldn’t change anything.
That was the gist of a preamble Cynthia Sternquist, Temple City mayor and president of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, delivered to her board Thursday, Oct. 24, before Wolfe even took the podium.
“The COG is steadfast in its commitment to extending the Gold Line east to Pomona, then to Claremont and Montclair. Nothing has changed as far as what we would like to see going forward,” Sternquist announced.
While that may have taken the wind out of Wolfe’s sails, it didn’t deter him from making his case in a 35-minute presentation to the COG board at its new meeting venue in West Covina.
Wolfe, the executive director of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, spoke quietly, without emotion, about using smaller Diesel Mulitiple Unit (DMU) trains on the existing Metrolink San Bernardino Line to connect Pomona with Claremont and Montclair, and possibly extending this innovative service east to Rancho Cucamonga.
The mini-service on the large-scale rail used by freight trains and Metrolink passenger trains would only pick up passengers every 30 minutes, he said. Gold Line trains come every six minutes during peak times, however, and about every 12-15 minutes on off-peak hours.
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