The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board of Directors unanimously voted to award a $2.5-million contract to AECOM for the next phase of work for the Azusa to Montclair project. The contract will allow AECOM to support the Foothill Gold Line develop the advanced conceptual engineering for the project, as well as any necessary environmental reviews.
“We had four well-qualified teams provide proposals for this work and AECOM received the highest score based on their experience, staffing plan and understanding of the project,” commented Board Chairman and Glendora City Councilman Doug Tessitor. “AECOM was the design team responsible for the Gold Line Bridge and we look forward to working with them again on this important next phase of work for the Azusa to Montclair project.”
The project includes six new light-rail stations with parking facilities, several dozen at-grade street crossings, two new grade-separated crossings, nearly a dozen traction power substations and all other necessary facilities to support the light-rail extension within a shared corridor throughout with heavy rail. Residual Measure R funding for the Foothill Gold Line is being used for this design effort; although no construction funding has yet been secured. The agency anticipates the cost to build the extension to Montclair will be just under $1 billion.
The 12.3-mile Azusa to Montclair project will extend light-rail service from the APU/Citrus College Station in the city of Azusa, which is currently under construction, to the future stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.