The future La Verne station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair, currently in the advanced conceptual engineering phase. The station is planned to be located north of Arrow Highway and east of E Street, between the University of La Verne and Pomona Fairplex (home of the Los Angeles County Fair, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Brackett Airport and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona). The plan is for the platform to be a center platform, with tracks on either side. Entrance to the platform will be from the east, via E Street. A 600-space parking facility will be provided near the station. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.
The La Verne station location was approved through the environmental review process, which was completed and certified in March 2013 (click here to view Final EIR). The current engineering phase will result in us knowing more details about the design for the future station and parking. Learn more about the current phase for this and other Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair stations - click here.
About the Artist
Blue McRight is an accomplished local artist. Some of her existing commissioned public artwork are a piece titled Luminaries for the California Dept. of Health Services in Sacramento; a light sculpture for the Port of Portland; and artwork for the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Blue attended Rhode Island School of Design and Evergreen State College. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Downtown Cultural Trust Fund Grant through the L.A. County Redevelopment Agency, a Cultural Grant from the City of Los Angeles, and two Artist Grants from the Santa Fe Arts Council in New Mexico.
Based on her preliminary design concept, Blue was selected by the city La Verne’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. As the Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair continues to move from planning to reality, Blue will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and La Verne community, to advance her design concept further.*
Preliminary Artist Concept
Linking ideas about the past and present of local transportation systems, Blue honors the tradition of rail travel that continues into the future of La Verne. Establishing visual and conceptual connections between the historic Santa Fe Railway Station of the past and the planned Gold Line station will provide the framework for the Blue to create her unique artwork.
Blue has focused on two areas for development of public art: both the station platform itself and the ramp leading to the platform. As an entry to the platform, the ramp guard railings will be enhanced with a series of perforated stainless steel panels that have an infill design reflecting various historic themes such as Gabrielino Indian basket designs and architectural patterns from the Lordsburg settlement buildings. The perforated panels will reflect light and shadow creating a unique visual experience for viewers entering or exiting the station. A vertical light sculpture will serve as a visual marker. Created in bronze, the life-size cast of lemons and oranges would form a tapered column casting shadows by day, and at night, illuminated from within.
*The Construction Authority would like to thank the following members of the La Verne Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee for their participation in the selection process: Ms. Arlene Andrew, Mr. Hal Fredericksen, Mr. Michael Sanchez, Mr. Brian Worley, and Mr. Don Kendricks.
During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of La Verne (along with all other Foothill Gold Line cities from Pasadena to Montclair) to explore their visions for integrating transit oriented developments (TOD) near the future stations. The City of La Verne had invested significant time and money to update the General Plan, collaborate with major stakeholders to finalize the University of La Verne Master Plan and participate with the Construction Authority during the 2006-7 transit-oriented development study.
With the recent economic downturn, many development plans from 2006-7 have slowed or been put on hold. The Construction Authority and city began a new dialogue through another TOD study in 2010, which revisited the earlier concepts.
Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.
Founded in 1887, La Verne is a city of more than 30,000 residents and boasts a well balanced community with a good mix of residential, commercial and industrial features. The area was for centuries home to a number of Native American tribes whose artifacts have amazed archeologists. Today La Verne is a "close knit" community that is home to many fine institutions and facilities among which include the University of La Verne (founded in 1891), Brackett Airport and an array of highly rated public and private schools. As one of the most desirable communities in metropolitan Southern California, La Verne is a progressive city that has retained much of its small town charm. Long-range planning buttressed by a strategic vision provides La Verne with outstanding services at the lowest cost. With a tradition of planning that can be traced to the 1920s, La Verne today is a leader in municipal strategic planning.
Brackett Field Airport - www.airnav.com/airport/KPOC
City of La Verne - www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/
La Casa de Carrion Historical Home - www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=17
La Verne Chamber of Commerce – www.lavernechamber.org
Old Town La Verne - www.route66ca.org/traveler/towns/26lavern/tour.html
University of La Verne – www.ulv.edu