Friday, August 21, 2009

Contracting opportunities workshop for LA Metro Gold Line The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Foothill

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The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will host a workshop Sept. 15 to inform small businesses about the more than $600 million in contracting opportunities available during construction of the light-rail transit line from Pasadena to Azusa. Presentations by Construction Authority Chief Executive Officer Habib Balian and others will include information about the project, as well as the opportunities for small businesses and a procurement schedule.

The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 924 W. Huntington Drive, in Monrovia, Calif. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please call (714) 973-1335 or visit www.foothillextension.org to reserve a seat and learn more about the workshop and the project. An industry workshop will be held in late September for firms to learn about the design-build contracting opportunities for construction of the Foothill Extension.

The Foothill Extension is set to receive funding from the voter-approved Measure R half-cent sales tax, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors approves its Long Range Transportation Plan. Consideration of the plan is scheduled for September. Construction of the 11-mile extension is scheduled to begin in June 2010.

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line (which opened to Pasadena in 2003) eastward to Montclair, enhancing the transportation experience of commuters in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Metro Gold Line light rail system opened in 2003, connecting downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. The success of the system's first phase led cities east of Pasadena to pursue a 24-mile extension from Pasadena to Montclair. Funds from Los Angeles County Measure R half-cent sales tax increase (approved in November 2008) will be available for the construction of Foothill Extension from Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena to Azusa, beginning in 2010. Environmental planning and development is under way for the segment from Azusa to Montclair, eventually continuing to LA/Ontario International Airport.

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