The L (Gold) Line extension project from its current terminus at Azusa to Pomona is now 50% complete. The project will add four new stations – Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona (see map above).
Pomona Station is being built next to Pomona North Metrolink Station, so riders will enjoy an easy transfer between the L line and Metrolink’s San Bernardino County line. This will provide a long-sought rail link between cities in the western San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire, as well as downtown Los Angeles and the rest of the subway’s bus and train system.
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority – the agency building the project – held a celebration Friday in San Dimas with many local officials. Once completed, the project will be handed over to Metro. Here is the press release from the Building Authority:
SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Today the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) held a press conference to celebrate the 9.1 mile Foothill Gold Line light rail project and four stations from Glendora to Pomona reaching 50% completion of the construction. The celebration took place at Rhoads Park in San Dimas, Calif., just steps from the project corridor and one of four new light rail bridges being built to carry future light rail trains and passengers on the main streets. Construction on the project began in July 2020 and, despite building amid the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to meet schedule for completion in early 2025, when it will be handed over to LA Metro for training and pre-revenue service (Metro determines when passenger service begins).
“It is a great achievement for our team, our contractor, and all of Los Angeles County to have been able to keep this important regional infrastructure project on schedule during the early years of the pandemic,” the president said. of the Board of Directors of Foothill Gold Line and the Mayor of Claremont. ProTem Ed Reece. “We are now a few years away from delivering light rail across more of the San Gabriel Valley and one step closer to completing our agency mission of connecting Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire by light rail.”
To reach the mid-point milestone, the Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture (KPJV) design-build team, which has more than 350 employees and crew, has spent nearly $1.1 million to date hours of work in the design and construction of the various elements that make up the light rail project. Here is an overview of the work completed or in progress to date:
- Project design: 100% complete
- Moving the freight track in the shared corridor to make way for new light rail tracks:98% complete
- Reconstruction of 21 level crossings: 91% complete
- Construction of 19 new or renovated bridges: 39% complete overall
- Freight bridges: 97% complete
- Light rail bridges: 31% complete
- Installation of new light rail tracks: 43% complete
- Construction of a light rail power supply system: 23% complete
- Construction of four new light rail stations: 13% complete
“I would like to thank the staff of the Construction Authority, KPJV, and the Corridor Cities for their dedication and hard work over the past three years which has enabled the project to reach this milestone on time and on budget,” said said Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I am confident that we will succeed in delivering an excellent project that will make our partners in the county and the city proud.”
Today’s historic event brought together elected officials from all levels of government, the Foothill Gold Line Board, the LA Metro Board, transportation officials – including the CEO of Foothill Gold Line, Habib F. Balian and Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins – and San Gabriel Valley stakeholders. The notable list of speakers included US Representative, Grace Napolitano; US Representative Judy Chu; California State Senator Anthony Portantino; California State Assemblymen Chris Holden and Freddie Rodriguez; Hilda Solis, Chair of the Metro Board of Directors and Los Angeles County Supervisor; Kathryn Barger, Metro Board Member and Los Angeles County Supervisor; Metro Board Member, Foothill Gold Line Board Member and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval; Foothill Gold Line Chairman and Claremont Pro Tem Mayor Ed Reece; and Metro Board Member, Metrolink Chairman and Glendale Board Member, Ara Najarian. Mayors and council members from the Foothill Gold Line towns were also present. The event ended with a cake cutting ceremony.
“This project was the first to break new ground under Measure M, and hitting the 50% mark for this project demonstrates that we are serious about delivering on the promise to voters,” said Hilda L. Solis. , Chair of Metro’s Board of Directors and Los Angeles County Supervisor. . “As Chairman of Metro’s Board of Directors, I am delighted that the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority and KPJV are bringing this project to fruition for the San Gabriel Valley.”
The Foothill Gold Line was the first Measure M-funded light rail project to begin and is named one of Metro’s 28 priority projects to be completed before the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Los Angeles. It is funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure M, plus residual Measure R funds not used to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment; as well as greenhouse gas reduction funds from the State of California.
“Metro aims to be the first transportation choice for LA County residents,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “Achieving this 50% milestone brings us closer to that goal by expanding our system and fully connecting the San Gabriel Valley to major county destinations. Thank you to the Metro Board and all the leaders of the cities in the corridor who have taken this project forward; and thank you to all the workers who helped us get here. Above all, thank you to the voters who supported Mesure M and Mesure R, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Benefits and economic impact of the Foothill Gold Line
When complete, the light rail project will add new stations to the Metro Gold Line system (currently called the L Line) in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona – and increase ridership on the subway system by approximately 11,600 daily boardings during the week when the extension opens for passenger service. It will provide connections to important regional destinations such as the LA County Fairplex, colleges and universities, historic downtowns, museums, state parks and open spaces, and more. Additionally, the extension will provide a direct link between the Metro and Metrolink systems in Pomona, allowing riders of either system to transfer easily – creating endless possibilities for connections throughout the region. The Construction Authority is currently seeking additional funds to complete the project in Claremont and Montclair, which would add nearly 8,000 additional daily boardings to the subway system when complete.
It is estimated that during construction, the Glendora project in Montclair will create up to 17,000 jobs and up to $2.6 billion in economic output for the region, as well as up to $1 billion in labor income and potentially $40 million in tax revenue (according to an economic study by Beacon Economics).
The Foothill Gold Line continues to be a catalyst for transit-oriented development projects, having spurred more than $13 billion in private investment in residential and commercial developments within half a mile of a current or future station – with more already planned or in progress within a half mile of stations from Arcadia to Montclair.
Here are the renderings of the four new stations under construction: