Gold Line Foothill Extension
It could get new timeline, big cost increase.
The 12.3-mile addition to the light rail route will add six stations and connect the line to San Bernardino County.
Construction begins this weekend on the project, which will bring the light rail route all the way to the Pomona Valley.
Expected to get underway in October, the project has a $280 million funding gap that could be closed with money set aside for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Construction will begin in October on the project, which will eventually bring the train to Montclair.
The project will add six new stations to Metro’s Gold Line, with a trip from Montclair to Downtown LA expected to take about 75 minutes. Stations are planned in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair.
The free weekend shuttle will carry hikers between the Arcadia Gold Line station and the Chantry Flats recreation area, a popular jumping off point for lots of scenic trails with infamously limited parking. Shuttles will run Sept. 22 to Oct. 9.
There aren't enough train cars to hold all of the passengers, so people are crammed. The hold up in getting new cars is with Metro's contractor in Japan. But the transportation agency's CEO says relief is coming "very, very soon."
The Gold Line extension has quickly become quite popular, but that's also meant huge parking problems at its terminus in Azusa. Tickets have been issued, vehicles have been towed, and now the city is considering parking restrictions.
The new Gold Line Foothill Extension is attracting a lot of riders, including plenty of new public transit users. Even Metro's CEO is surprised at how many people are using the new line--up to 32,000 riders per week.