• Gold Line Extension from Pasadena to Azusa Halfway There

    The 11.5-mile light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa is more than halfway to completion, a significant milestone. The Metro Authority has efforts ow to ready the next two segments of the line.

    Arcadia City Councilman Bob Harbicht recently came out to view the project near the Santa Anita Bridge structure, which was paid for by a city of Arcadia voter-approved bond measure.

    Construction Authority Chairman Doug Tessitor wrote a commentary recently about the Extension, the first Measure R rail project to break ground. Below is part of what he shared:

    “When completed, the nearly $1 billion Measure R project will include six new stations with intermodal parking facilities in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa; two dozen new and rebuilt bridge structures; 14 at-grade street crossings; a 3.6-mile shared corridor with BNSF Railway; a 24-acre, $265 million operations campus to house up to 84 light-rail vehicles, and more.

    At this halfway point eight at-grade street crossings, 15 bridge structures, 40 percent of the operations campus and 70 percent of the utility work is complete. The freight track between San Gabriel Avenue in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light-rail tracks, and more than half of the overhead electrical system foundations have been put in place. Just recently, the first track has been installed. Importantly, of the more than 600,000 work hours completed to date, none has been lost due to injury.

    While the Foothill Gold Line extension still has a significant way to go, the progress already made provides the confidence that we will continue to meet our timeline and stay on budget until this project is complete.

    The Construction Authority anticipates turning the operations campus over to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in March 2015, and the remainder of the Pasadena-to-Azusa segment to Metro in September 2015 for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will decide when the project opens for passenger service.

    As we hit this important milestone, the Construction Authority is kicking off the next phases of work for the Azusa-to-Montclair and Ontario airport extensions. Detailed design work for the next 12.3 miles from Azusa to Montclair will begin later this year, and this segment will be shovel-ready in the next two years. The segment was environmentally cleared last year and additional construction funding is being sought to complete this six-station extension.”

    The completion of the Pasadena-to-Azusa segment is expected 18 months from now.

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    Added: February 21, 2014. 7:27 PM

    It will be critical that we utilize all this tax money spent on light-rail to the best effective means possible. The communities along this Gold line must embrace the higher density growth along these stations (TODs). Allowing NIMBYs to downsize projects will not capture the growth of population and promote the highest ridership on this line.

    The city council and the planning commissions serving these routes must have a vision and be proactive in these smart growth developments. The SGV is not as dense along this route as Los Angeles is on the westside. Taking the LAZY approach and waiting until the density arrives is crappy urban planning – this only shows the ineptitude the region serves to integrate transportation and land-use integration.

    Celebrating transportation development milestones is great, but there is still a lot of development ahead of us…

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