The future Pomona 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 the existing Metrolink platform, at the northwest corner of Garey Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The platform is planned to be a center platform with tracks on either side. Access to the platform will be from the west end. A pedestrian walkway is planned to provide circulation between the Metrolink platform and existing parking, and the light rail platform. A 1,000-space parking facility will be provided near the station. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.
The Pomona 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
A native of Pomona Valley, Stephen Farley is an accomplished artist based in Tucson, Arizona. He has an extensive resume of community-based public art projects across the U.S. His current work includes creating varied art features at the two main light-rail stations in Downtown Phoenix. He invented a new process for translating photographs to ceramic tile called tilography, which he has used for two four-story murals at the One University Government Center in Broward County, Florida, and 18 large vertical murals at the Gardner Community Center in San Jose, California.
Stephen graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science. He studied abroad his junior year at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Based on his preliminary design concept, Stephen was selected by the city of Pomona’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, Stephen will take his preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Pomona community, to advance his design concept further.*
Preliminary Artist Concept
Stephen seeks to invoke a strong sense of place that comes from the rich history of the L.A. County Fair in Pomona and the Route 66 culture. As a strong believer in public involvement, he will provide artistic inspiration and create opportunity for the community to participate in the artistic vision.
Using photos and stories of fun at the fair, the artist will weave a celebration of history and memory that resonates with the general public. Plans for the station include a monumentally-scaled archway over the station canopy inspired by the L.A. County Fair Fun Zone entrance, and multiple murals on glazed ceramic tiles selected from photographs gathered from L.A. County residents. The word Pomona will be spelled out on the archway using lettering found on modern and Route 66-era signs all over Pomona. Stephen has also proposed a number of improvements to existing structures on the station platform that would use imagery of the Fair and community.
*The Construction Authority would like to thank the following members of the Glendora Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee for their participation in the selection process: Ms. Paige Bruyn; Ms. Debra Martin; Mr. William Martinez; Ms. Lilian Myers; and The Honorable Norma Torres.
During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of Pomona (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.
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.
Long recognized as a major center of the citrus industry, the City of Pomona was actually named after the Roman Goddess of Fruit. Today, Pomona is entering its 3rd century as one of the major cities in Southern California, having first been incorporated in 1888. From its agricultural beginnings as a prime citrus product provider, to its development as a major railway and freeway corridor, Pomona has been a quality location for people to live and work for well over one hundred years.
The city is well known as the home of the LA County Fair and California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Pomona every year to enjoy the L. A. County Fair (at the 43-acre Pomona Fair Grounds), as well as the many annual events that take place at the fairgrounds. Today, the city prides itself on its history, diversity, community partnerships and commitment to continuous improvement in services for all residents and businesses.
Adobe de Palomares - http://www.pomonahistorical.org/palomares/
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona - http://www.pomonaraceway.com/
Cal Poly Pomona – http://www.csupomona.edu
City of Pomona – http://www.ci.pomona.ca.us
Los Angeles County Fairgrounds - http://www.fairplex.com/fp/
Pomona Chamber of Commerce – http://www.pomonachamber.org
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center - http://www.pvhmc.org/
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum - http://museum.nhra.com/
Western University of Health Sciences - http://www.westernu.edu/