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Monrovia Construction News

Starting in February 2015, test trains begin operating on tracks.

Remember to:

  • Never walk on the train tracks.
  • Never go around lowered gates
  • Obey all warning signs
  • Watch for trains from both directions

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The following are the latest construction notices for the City of Monrovia:

Thursday, July 9, 2015 thru Friday, July 10, 2015

Full closure of Mountain Ave at Duarte Rd for one night, from Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8 PM to Friday, July 10, 2015 at 6 AM, to allow crews to stripe the roadway surface.

April 17, 2015 thru early June 2015

Nightly Train Testing

Train testing will begin operating nightly between the cities of Pasadena and Irwindale, starting Friday, April 17, 2015. Testing will occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 4 PM and 1 AM, only. With this nightly train testing, the extended hours of construction within these cities will cease.

Jan 19, 2015 - May 2015

City of Monrovia will be constructing off-site improvements on the following streets: Myrtle Ave, California Ave, Duarte Ave, Pomona Ave, Magnolia Ave, and Primose Ave. On-site improvements will also take place at the Monrovia Park and Ride lot. Beginning January 17, 2015 thru May 2015, the Park and Ride lot will be closed.

Mid-Oct. 2013 - Mar. 2015

Construction of Monrovia station parking facility taking place west of Primrose Ave and south of Pomona Ave.


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406 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA 91016
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Monrovia Station

Construction is underway on the Pasadena to Azusa segment and is scheduled to be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. The Monrovia station is part of the future Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, currently underway. The station will be located northwest of the intersection of Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue, just west of the historic rail depot. Side platforms with access from the east end of the platform will provide flexibility to the City for future planned development (click on the Future Plans tab above to learn more) of the surrounding area.

A 350-space parking facility will be provided at the station, in addition to bicycle parking and lockers.

Although directly adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Monrovia station does not include use of the historic structure. At this time, plans for the historic depot have not been finalized; however, the city of Monrovia intends to include the depot in the Station Square Transit Village.

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Future Plans

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:

  • Phase 1- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), Myrtle Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and Magnolia Avenue (to the West). 
  • Phase 2- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), Shamrock Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and California Avenue (to the West).
  • Phase 3- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), California Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and Myrtle Avenue (to the West).

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 or email: 

Darlene M. Sanchez
City of Monrovia
(626) 303-6604

About Monrovia

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.

Learn more:

City of Monrovia -
Monrovia Chamber of Commerce -
Monrovia City Hall -
Mt. Sierra College –
Old Town Monrovia –
Monrovia Patch -


VIDEO: Gold Line Station Artist Spotlight: Cha-Rie Tang

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


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.”

SAVE THE DATE: Monrovia Station Dedication - Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10 AM.

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2015 Outlook

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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