Friday, March 08, 2013

Gold Line Foothill Extension alternative route approved, FEIR certified by board

Gold Line Foothill Extension alternative route approved, FEIR certified by board IWillRide.org

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board of Directors approved the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light-rail project from Azusa to Montclair, Calif., as well as certified the Final Environmental Impact Report.

The 12.3-mile light-rail extension includes future stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair; as well as two new grade-separated crossings (at Lone Hill in Glendora and Towne Avenue in Pomona). The project would extend light-rail service between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, terminating the line at the multi-modal TransCenter in Montclair where multiple bus lines from throughout San Bernardino County and Metrolink already connect. The proposed extension is planned to run mostly at street level and parking is planned at each station.

"This is an important next step in our effort to connect Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire by light rail and a very exciting milestone," said Doug Tessitor, chairman of the construction authority board. "The construction authority is steadfastly committed to completing our mission of building the Gold Line out to Montclair and hopefully further to Ontario Airport. Our decision last night allows us to move forward with designing the project as we seek funding to build the line east of Azusa."

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