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La Verne Station

The La Verne Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. The station will be located north of Arrow Highway and east of E Street, between the University of La Verne and Fairplex. The station will be a center platform station, with tracks on either side. Entrance to the station will be from both E Street and the future 600-space parking facility. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.

The Construction Authority is now preparing the project for a design-build procurement and groundbreaking. During this period, engineers are reviewing all elements of the project to refine the information needed to finalize design and build the light rail extension. In 2015-16, the city-selected station artist developed her public art concepts for the station, as well as deciding on colors and materials. As the project moves into the final design and construction, the station artist will once again be brought on (this time as part of the design-build team) to finalize design, fabricate and install the artwork at the station.

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 Glendora to Montclair stations - click here.

For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

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 Glendora 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.*

For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

Funding Status

The Construction Authority completed an updated project estimate for building the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair in 2017. The updated estimate was based on the draft advanced conceptual engineering (completed in September 2016) and subsequent constructability reviews that incorporated several constraints on construction by Metrolink and corridor cities. The reviews concluded the project would likely be built in two major construction phases – first the relocation/rebuilding of the freight and Metrolink tracks and Claremont Metrolink station and then construction of the light rail system.

The detailed constructability reviews also concluded that the project will likely take an additional two years to build than assumed in preliminary estimates for the project completed earlier in the planning process. The additional construction time is due to the complicated nature of the work ahead and the fact that the project is really two projects in one, adding costs associated with the extended timeline of construction and new prevailing and minimum wage increases that will take effect during the construction period. With this more detailed understanding of the project, the project estimate was updated in January 2017 to $1.374 billion ($1.3 billion in Los Angeles County and $70 million to extend the line from Claremont to Montclair) from the earlier estimate of $1.216 billion.

The project is being built in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and will be funded locally. It is anticipated that the majority of the funds needed to complete the Los Angeles County portion will come from the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan (Measure M), a half-cent sales tax measure approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 2016 that takes effect July 1, 2017. San Bernardino County has not identified where their portion of the project funding will come from and the Construction Authority is working with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to identify the funding needed to extend the line from Claremont (in Los Angeles County) to Montclair (in San Bernardino County).

The Construction Authority anticipates breaking ground on the Glendora to Montclair project in October 2017. The first year of the project will be used to relocate utilities, conduct other pre-construction activities, and to hire a design-build contractor. The project schedule, also updated in January 2017, assumes that a design-build contractor will be hired in late 2018 and take about seven years to finalize design and build the project. Substantial completion is assumed in late-2025 to early 2026. It is important to note that these are estimates; once a design-builder is hired, the project estimate and schedule will be reviewed once again to conform with the contractor’s bid and workplan.


Schedule

Click below to view the updated Glendora to Montclair Work Plan:


Future Plans

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 TOD Studies.

About La Verne

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.

Learn more:

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