The Monrovia Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, completed on time and on budget on September 23, 2015. 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 Monrovia station is located northwest of the intersection of Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue, just west of the historic Santa Fe rail depot, and is aside platform station with access from the east.
The station’s 350-space parking facility also has bicycle parking and lockers.
Although directly adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Monrovia station does not include use of the historic structure. The city of Monrovia intends to redevelop the depot as part of their Station Square Transit Village development.
Monrovia’s Station Square Transit Village
Exciting future growth in the City of Monrovia is anticipated to occur in the Station Square Transit Village. This area is bounded by Evergreen Road to the north, Shamrock Avenue to the east, Duarte Road to the south, and Magnolia Avenue to the west.
There are three phases within Station Square Transit Village:
Station Square Transit Village is envisioned as interconnected neighborhoods of residences, commercial buildings (high-tech, bio-tech, lab and R&D), offices and hospitality uses (restaurants and hotel) with an emphasis on public space, green space, pedestrian friendly streetscapes, and transportation alternatives.
The heart of the development will encompass a transit hub including the new Monrovia station, a bus transfer terminal and supporting parking facilities. Additionally, the historic Santa Fe Depot (on site since 1926) will be restored and reopened as a transit store, restaurant or some other public use.
To learn more about the City of Monrovia's Station Square Transit Village Development, call the City of Monrovia at (626) 932-5539.
Monrovia’s small-town charm is reason enough to visit, but there's also plenty to delight and entertain the casual visitor to the community. More than 1,100 hotel rooms make Monrovia an easy and comfortable stop for business or pleasure. The quintessential charm of Old Town, which is the epitome of fine foods, fun and shopping pleasure at any time, is particularly exciting on Friday nights from March through Christmas when the Family Festival - the largest street fair of its kind in the state - takes over Myrtle Avenue. There throngs of residents and tourists crowd together for food, music, wares and kiddy rides. Of course many come just to visit Old Town's luxurious 12-screen Movie Palace with the largest screen in the San Gabriel Valley. Another popular location for avid shoppers is the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center, where the 210 Freeway meets Huntington Drive.
For fine dining, nothing beats the variety of foods to be found along Huntington Crossing's restaurant row. For the avid hiker there is the trail through riparian woodlands to a waterfall in Canyon Park. Monrovia is a welcoming destination for all seasons filled with nature, entertainment and culture.
City of Monrovia - http://www.ci.monrovia.ca.us/
Monrovia Chamber of Commerce - http://www.monroviacc.com
Monrovia City Hall - http://www.ci.monrovia.ca.us/contact-us
Mt. Sierra College – http://www.mtsierra.edu
Old Town Monrovia – http://www.oldtownmonroviaca.com
Monrovia Patch - http://monrovia.patch.com/
About the Artist
Cha-Rie Tang is a Pasadena-based artist who has created commissioned artwork for Pasadena's A.R.T. Bus, the City of Los Angeles Public Library at Exposition Park, Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, City of Mission Viejo Arts Alive Festivals, among others. Her experience is focused on the use of ceramic tiles and glass, combining her artistic and architectural training to form exquisite compositions that celebrate our time and place in context with nature.
Cha-Rie received her B.S. in Art & Design from MIT and her Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also attended the University of Washington at Seattle and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She continues to teach periodically.
Cha-Rie was nominated for the 1996 Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for excellence in incorporating technology and culture for her work as principal on the Direct Imagination team that published the Grammar of Ornament CD-ROM. She was included in The Pasadena Foothills Magazine's 50 Creative People of 2011, and Best Glass Artist Worldwide in 2011.
For more information on previous and current projects by this artist, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/charietang_artist
Above, sample platform tiles for future Monrovia station
Title for Station Artwork
River of Time
Statement for Station Artwork
River of Time celebrates the coming together of Monrovia's architectural heritage with its natural beauty. For the Monrovia station, the artist has combined a treasure trove of materials that demonstrate an exquisite artistic practice that has evolved in the use of tile, glass and natural materials.
In a matter of seconds, passing on the train, you sense the presence of the mountain and the stream. The mountain is a seven-foot-high sculptural rock placed at the base of the ramp area, which leads to the platforms. Man could not have devised a more beautiful and interesting form. Running water has created crevices and rivulets, intricate forms following the esthetics of chance. The water has departed, but you can imagine its flow, and you are reminded of it by the presence of a pool of glass and pebbles that the rock stands within.
The suggestion of water is carried towards the station platforms by a band of colorful field tiles glazed to suggest a stream along both sides of the entry ramps. As the train pauses, you notice on the column bases a series of decorative tiles. Getting off the train for a closer examination, you recognize that the collection is almost like the Noah’s Ark of Batchelder tiles. Many of these Craftsman tile molds were gathered by Ms. Tang during visits to local homes in the area.
Cha-Rie states, “We are travelers, both literally and metaphorically. We experience the world depending on our frame of reference and by the time we have. On foot or by train, looking down or looking ahead, close up or from afar, admirer of nineteenth-century arts and crafts or strickly modernist, a person can experience the art in his own way. The blur of color, the recognition of human history, and a realization of the grandeur of the universe - this 'River of Time' can be appreciated at many levels. Art reveals patterns and layers of meaning as you experience it in your travels.”
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.