The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board has allocated $1.4bn in budget and partnership agreements for extension of San Gabriel Valley’s Metro Gold Line.
The project, which will extend the metro line 11.5 miles east to Claremont, is the first one funded by Metro’s Measure M half-cent transportation sales tax to commence construction.
Responsibilities will be split between Metro and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, which will construct the project. Metro will be responsible for financing the new segment from Glendora to Claremont within Los Angeles County, while Construction Authority will offer funding to complete the line to Montclair in San Bernardino County.
The project will secure funds from $26m in cost savings from the Construction Authority’s Gold Line segment to Azusa, and around $100m from residual revenue from Measure R funds.
Metro also intends to apply for a $249m grant from the state's Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.
The project is expected to break ground in October and open to the public by 2027. The first contract for the project is expected to be awarded later in 2017.
Metro Board chair and mayor for the city of Duarte Pro TemJohn Fasana said: “This second phase of the Foothill Gold Line is truly significant because it’s the very first Measure M transit project out of the gate.
“It will establish the early momentum we need to launch our ambitious new traffic improvement plan that will yield tremendous transportation benefits for the entire Los Angeles County area.”