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Artist's rendering of the Azusa Citrus Gold Line Station at the edge of Citrus College Representatives of City of Azusa, Citrus College and Extension Authority celebrate new Gold Line Station
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Artist's rendering of the Azusa Citrus Gold Line Station at the edge of Citrus College Representatives of City of Azusa, Citrus College and Extension Authority celebrate new Gold Line Station

APU/Citrus College Station

The city of Azusa is home to two Gold Line stations as part of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, completed on time and on budget on September 23, 2015. One, APU/Citrus College is located at the eastern border of the city, near Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College. The other, Azusa Downtown, is located in the heart of the city’s downtown.

Metro is currently conducting pre-revenue service (an important phase when Metro commissions new vehicles, trains their operators and first responders and educates the community on staying safe near the train). Metro has stated they anticipate opening the entire 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment on March 5, 2016.

The APU/Citrus College station is located just northwest of the current terminus of Citrus Avenue (north of Foothill Boulevard). The station is a center platform station, with tracks on either side. Passengers will enter the platform from the east.

A 200-space parking facility is provided just north of the station, which includes bicycle parking and lockers. The station is adjacent to the Rosedale Master Planned Community development. As part of the development, Citrus Avenue will be extended north to provide access from the south to the station parking. Until the street is completed, access to the station will be from Promenade, the east-west street running through Rosedale.

The APU/Citrus College Station is the terminus of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa.

About Shared Corridor

Throughout Azusa, the two light rail tracks will share the corridor with one freight track. Although built within the same corridor, freight and light rail trains do not share tracks.

Future Plans

Rosedale Master Planned Community

Immediately adjacent to the proposed APU/Citrus College station is the 518-acre Rosedale Master Planned Community approved to include 1,500 residences. Community features planned include a large community park with basketball and tennis courts, a lighted sports field, pedestrian-friendly trails and a community recreation center. A new K-8 elementary/middle school and a fire station are also planned.

Once completed, the entire Rosedale Community will find easy access to the APU/Citrus College station and through its proposed "transit village" environment. As proposed, the area includes plazas and gathering spaces for residents and visitors.

About Azusa

Rugged mountains and foothills form a spectacular backdrop to a community where ancient peoples lived more than 6,000 years ago. From the snow covered peak of Mt. San Antonio towering over 10,000 feet, the San Gabriel River drains a watershed of more than 600 square miles. The City of Azusa was founded in 1887 and incorporated as a general law city on December 29, 1898. Today, Azusa is a model older suburban community undergoing growth and rejuvenation, located 26 miles east of Los Angeles.

Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, it has nearly 50,000 residents and is home to Azusa Pacific University. The pristine areas of river flood plain create corridors of wetlands for wildlife and fish, including steelhead trout. Tributary streams are lined with willow, cottonwood, sycamore and alders. Higher up are mountain forests, home to bobcats, mountain lions and bears. This not only provides a diverse and spectacular backdrop to the city, but a destination for recreation, mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

Although officially located in the city of Glendora, Citrus College sits just beyond the eastern border of Azusa and is a beloved neighbor to the city.

Learn more:
Azusa Chamber of Commerce – www.azusachamber.org
Azusa Pacific University - www.apu.edu
Citrus College - www.citruscollege.edu
City of Azusa - www.ci.azusa.ca.us
Historical Lindley-Scott House - www.lindleyscotthouse.com
Rosedale Development - www.rosedaleazusa.com

VIDEO: APU/Citrus College Gold Line Station Art – Fabrication and Installation

VIDEO: Gold Line Station Artist Spotlight: Lynn Goodpasture

About the Artist

Lynn Goodpasture, founder of Goodpasture Art & Design, is a professional artist specializing in large-scale art designed for public spaces, as well as private and commercial environments. Each commission is site-specific and permanently integrated into architecture or the exterior-built environment. Commissions are often developed concurrently with the architectural design, which requires extensive collaboration with architects, engineers, designers, fabricators, builders and installers. Each project begins with comprehensive research into the site: its purpose, history and future, and community. These unique characteristics develop and shape the concept.

Materials are determined by the site, and therefore projects are executed in wide-ranging mediums: architectural glass, mosaic, tile, stone, metal, opalescent glass and slumped glass. Installations may combine art & technology: solar cells embedded in art glass windows; LED-lighting elements; and large scale clocks. Projects include architectural components such as paved surfaces, gateways and lighting elements.

Ms. Goodpasture attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. References to previous completed projects have appeared in numerous books about art and craft. This includes articles appearing in such publications as Historic Preservation and the NY Times.

For more information on previous or current projects, visit http://www.lynngoodpasture.com

Below right, future APU/Citrus College station bench designs

Title for Station Artwork

Azusa Horticultural Paradise

Statement for Station Artwork

In developing her concept for the APU/Citrus College station artwork, Lynn Goodpasture took her primary inspiration from “the land that surrounds the station and its transformation by the many individuals who worked it, owned it, preserved it and loved it.” Goodpasture states, “At different times and under differing names, this site has been the foundation of one of the earliest, productive and innovative California Ranchos, one of the most successful and well-known citrus companies, and the world’s leading grower of landscape and garden plants which revolutionized the art and science of growing healthy plants.”

The station artwork conceived and designed by Goodpasture explores and reflects upon this proud and unique heritage. Her artwork includes four mosaic-tiled benches that feature the following motifs:

Oranges & Honey Bees will commemorate Henry Dalton’s most important contributions.

Western Sycamore refers to the beautiful indigenous trees, which served as the inspiration behind the name of Kate Slausen Vosburg's ranch.

Wild Hyacinths are the once prolific wild flowers which Louise Slauson MacNeil chose as the symbol and name of her ranch.

Rosedale’s Beauty (camellia). Monrovia Nursery has produced many noteworthy plants, a number of which represent important highlights in the history of the Nursery. Rosedale’s Beauty was one of the most popular camellias and was propagated during the 1950s.

In addition to the four elements, Goodpasture included a reference to the iconic rare stand of the California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) that are thought to have been planted in 1899. These trees came to symbolize Azusa, and they continue to provide the people of Azusa with an important connection to their city's past. This design reference is included in the sides of the custom-cast benches and is also articulated in mosaic. Paving-stone flooring arranged in a carpet-like pattern around the four mosaic benches on the platform will add to the welcoming experience in keeping with the pedestrian scale and more intimate feeling of this station.

To further honor this special palm, Goodpasture noted that palm fronds often form a canopy in nature, and are umbrella-like in their shape and structure. This colorful motif is included in the glass design of the TVM canopy at the entrance of the station platform. It is laid out to enhance the geometry of the architecture in a cohesive and harmonious way by echoing the umbrella feeling of the canopy, providing a perceptual and conceptual link to the architecture and the historical fauna that are an integral part of the character and history of the site.

The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa (Pasadena to Azusa) broke ground on June 26, 2010 and was completed on time and on budget on September 23, 2015. At that time, the 11.5-mile, six-station extension was turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service. Pre-revenue service is an important phase when Metro continues to commission new vehicles, train their operators and local first responders and educate the community on staying safe near the train. Metro has stated they anticipate opening the Pasadena to Azusa segment stations for passenger service on March 5, 2016.