Foothill Gold Line breaks ground on light rail extension project

WCN Editorial Team 6 Dec 2017 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) has begun work on the $1.5bn, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair in California, US.

The 12.3-mile extension is part of the first Measure M-funded rail project.

During the first three years of the construction, strategic utilities will be relocated, pre-construction activities will be taken up, a design-build contractor will be hired and the project design will be finalised.

Major construction, which will begin in 2020, will consist of two phases – relocating or rebuilding the freight/Metrolink systems and building the Gold Line light rail system. Major part of the construction is expected to be completed in 2026.

Construction itself is likely to generate $2.6bn in economic output, 17,000 jobs, over $1bn in labour income and $40m in tax revenues for Los Angeles County.

Already, $2bn in private investments in transit-oriented developments have been made or planned within a half-mile of the light rail stations to be constructed at Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair between Glendora and Montclair.

Upon completion, the project will extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from its eastern terminus in Azusa through the San Gabriel Valley and into San Bernardino County.

The project is being funded by both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The Glendora-Claremont portion of the project within Los Angeles County will be mostly funded by Metro’s Measure M half-cent sales tax and residual Measure R funds from the Pasadena to Azusa segment.

The Claremont-Montclair section of the extension is being funded by San Bernardino County.

Metro CEO Phillip A Washington said: “Funding the second phase of the Gold Line extension is the perfect example of what we’re trying to achieve through our agency’s comprehensive transportation plan.

“As we make transit more available in new communities, we are changing the face of Southern California and creating an infrastructure inheritance for our children and grandchildren.”

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