Thursday, October 24, 2013

Second segment of Metro Gold Line begins engineering phase

Crews adjust the vertical and horizontal alignment of the tracks in Azusa. Crews adjust the vertical and horizontal alignment of the tracks in Azusa. Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

On October 23, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority hosted a kick-off meeting for the much-anticipated Azusa to Montclair segment of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light-rail line.

The 12.3-mile project will extend light rail service from the current terminus under construction in the city of Azusa, to the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.

Presenting to a capacity-filled room of federal, state and local officials, station artists and key stakeholders, a panel of four speakers provided details on the next steps in the process to advance engineering and station art for the project. The panel, consisting of construction authority CEO Habib Balian, Chief Project Officer Chris Burner, Station Environment Coordinator Tanya Patsaouras and Public Art Program Manager Lesley Elwood, provided the attendees updates on the latest station design criteria, choices cities will have regarding station colors and materials, the schedule for advanced conceptual engineering and station art development and more.

A Locally Preferred Alternative was selected earlier this year by the construction authority board of directors, following environmental review and clearance of the project under the California Environmental Policy Act. Since that time, the construction authority has developed the scope of work to advance the necessary design, engineering and station art planning. The agency is set to begin the advanced conceptual engineering early next year.

The Gold Line Foothill Extension is a $1.7 billion, 24-mile extension of the Gold Line light-rail system. The project is planned in two segments, Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Los Angeles County's Measure R and is on schedule to be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for testing and pre-revenue service. Measure R is funding the majority of cost for advanced conceptual engineering and environmental work necessary for the Azusa to Montclair segment (San Bernardino County will fund their portion of the work). Construction funding has not been identified for the Azusa to Montclair project. The construction authority is working with LACMTA to seek the nearly $1 billion needed complete the Foothill Extension to Montclair.

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