Starting in February 2015, test trains begin operating on tracks.
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The following are the latest construction notices for the city of Azusa:
Nightly Train Testing
Train testing will begin operating nightly in the cities of Irwindale, Azusa and Glendora, starting Monday, June 29, 2015. Testing will occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 4 PM and 1 AM, only.
|Nov. 2013 - Jun. 2015||
Construction of APU/Citrus College station parking facility taking place west of the future extension of Citrus Avenue, north of Foothill Boulevard.
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The City of Azusa will be home to two Gold Line stations as part of the future Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, currently underway. One, the APU/Citrus College station, is located on the eastern border of the city serving the Rosedale Master Planned Community (under development), existing adjacent residential neighborhoods, and the growing populations and campus needs of Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College. The other, Azusa-Alameda, is situated in the city’s downtown.
The APU/Citrus College station will be located just northwest of the current terminus of Citrus Avenue (north of Foothill Boulevard). The station will have a center platform, with tracks on either side. Passengers will be able to enter the platform from the east.
A 200-space parking facility will be provided just north of the station, adjacent to transit-oriented-development plans as part of the Rosedale development, Citrus Ave will be extended north and the Construction Authority will be adding a signal at the new intersection of Citrus Ave and Foothill Blvd.
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.
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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.
With the economic downturn, construction of the project stopped a number of years ago, and the original owners (Azusa Land Partners) filed for bankruptcy. As a result, the land went up for auction in the summer of 2010 and a new owner (Rosedale Land Partners) is now involved. In the coming months and years, new information will be shared about the future of the project and how it will relate to the station.
As the Construction Authority and city begin a new dialogue through the 2010 TOD study just underway, the city may update their vision for the future. Additionally, the Construction Authority will be meeting with the new owners of the Rosedale Master Planned Community through this new process. As more information is learned, this page will be updated.
Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.
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.
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
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.
As of late-February 2015, the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa is nearly 90% complete. Over the last several years of design and construction, the team has completed all design, 14 new at-grade street crossings, 25 bridge structures (including the Gold Line Bridge over the I-210 Freeway), relocated the freight track in Irwindale and Azusa, completed 26 miles of light rail track, began construction on all stations and station parking facilities, and much more.
Over the coming months, as we move toward substantial completion and project turn over to Metro in late-September 2015, the team will complete work on the six new light rail stations, 24-acre operations campus in Monrovia, the communication and OCS (Overhead Catenary System) systems, and prepare the rail for long-time use. Importantly, starting in February 2015 (and continuing through the summer), testing will be taking place in different segments of the corridor. During this period, a second shift of construction may be necessary to complete work in the railroad corridor when a test train is occupying the tracks during the main shift of the day.
The project is on-time and on-budget to be completed in late-September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line opens for passenger service.
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