The 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa, with its six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa is an unequivocal success. Fully funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure R (which was approved by county voters in 2008), the line was completed on time and under budget and opened for passenger service in March 2016. With the new extension to Azusa, the Metro Gold Line light rail system is now providing service to more than 50,000 daily boardings each weekday.
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, the agency responsible for the planning, designing and building of the Gold Line light rail system, is now focused on preparing the next six station-segment for construction. The 12.3-mile Glendora to Montclair segment will add stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair. Each future station is planned to have parking and include amenities for bicycles, walking and bus connections.
The Glendora to Montclair extension was environmentally cleared in 2013 and is currently completing advanced conceptual engineering, the final stage of work before the light rail line is ready to break ground using a design-build approach.
The Construction Authority anticipates that the majority of $1.2 billion needed to build the Glendora to Montclair segment will come from Measure M, a new transportation sales tax measure being put on the November 2016 ballot by Los Angeles County Metro. Called the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,” the tax measure would fund dozens of new major capital transit and highway projects, along with other mobility-related programs (see more details below). The Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to the county line in Claremont is one of the first projects identified in Measure M to break ground, if approved by voters this November. San Bernardino County is committed to funding the portion of the line from Claremont to Montclair.
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About Measure M, the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan:
Measure M, brought forward by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), is an expenditure plan that would fund a wide variety of transit and highway projects; local street improvements; programs for seniors, students and the disabled; and more, over the next four decades. Measure M asks voters to increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent and continue the existing Measure R half-cent tax after it’s set to expire in 2039 until voters decide to change it.
The plan includes a host of major highway and transit projects across the county (including completing the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to the county line) and many other programs. These include keeping fares affordable for seniors, students and the disabled; improving local streets and sidewalks; earthquake retrofitting bridges; improving freeway traffic flow; expanding the rail and bus system; enhancing bike and pedestrian connections; and keeping the system maintained and in good working condition. The measure will also provide local return funds to each city directly, to be used on transportation-related projects of their chosing. The tax measure also embraces technology and innovation to adapt as transportation evolves.
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