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Pomona Station

The Pomona station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. The station will be located north of the existing Metrolink platform, west of Garey Avenue and will be a center platform station (with tracks on either side of a single platform). Access to the Gold Line station will be from the west end and a pedestrian walkway is planned to provide circulation between the Gold Line station, Metrolink platform, and the future 980-space parking facility. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.

Once completed, five tracks will run through the city of Pomona – the freight track will be relocated to the north, the two light rail tracks will be located in the middle for the Gold Line, and the two Metrolink tracks will be relocated to the southern portion of the right of way.

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 his 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 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 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

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 Glendora 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.*

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 2017 to $1.476 billion ($1.4 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 took effect on July 1, 2017, along with residual funds from the Pasadena to Azusa segment that was completed on time and under budget. 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 December 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 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 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 TOD Studies.

About Pomona

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 Fairplex, that welcomes more than a million visitors every year to the County Fair, among many other cultural and learning events. It is also home to two prestigious universities - California Polytechnic University at Pomona (one of two polytechnic universities in the California state system) and Western University of Health Sciences (one of the largest graduate schools for health professions in California). Today, the city prides itself on its history, diversity, community partnerships and commitment to continuous improvement in services for all residents and businesses.

Learn more:
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/