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Until Construction of Pasadena to Azusa is Complete.
Metro anticipates starting passenger service in 2016.

Pasadena to Azusa

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Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa

The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa (Pasadena to Azusa) is an 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line that will add six stations in the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. The city of Azusa will have two stations – one at Alameda Avenue, in downtown; and one at Citrus Avenue, near Citrus College and Azusa Pacific University (the Pasadena to Azusa terminus). To allow connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena and the future Arcadia Station, a new 584-linear-foot bridge was constructed over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway. The Gold Line Bridge replaces the one removed after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Parking is planned at each station of the Pasadena to Azusa Extension.

The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa will be built along the former Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF) right-of-way, purchased by Metro for the project in the early 1990s. This extension is fully funded by Measure R and broke ground June 26, 2010. Over the next few years, design-build teams will finalize design and construct the elements of the project: track, crossings, bridges, stations, utilities, systems, parking, light rail maintenance and operations (M&O) facility, and more. Construction will be complete in September, 2015. Once construction is complete the Construction Authority turns the line over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service.

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation released a report  in January 2010 highlighting the regional economic benefits of constructing the Pasadena to Azusa Extension. Their study concluded that during construction alone, the Pasadena to Azusa Extension will generate nearly $1 billion of business output, $40 million in tax revenue and 7,000 jobs.

Planning Studies:

To review current and past environmental studies for this project phase, click here.

To review other previous studies: 1) Station/Bus Interface Study, and 2) Transit Oriented Development Study.


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The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa broke ground on June 26, 2010 and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Three design-build teams have been hired to finalize design and construct the 11.5-mile project.

The first contract was awarded in June 2010 to Skanska USA to design and build the Gold Line Bridge, construction on the bridge began in July 2011 and was completed on December 2012.

In July 2011, the second contract was awarded to Foothill Transit Constructors - A Kiewit Parsons Joint Venture to design and build the Pasadena to Azusa "alignment" (including the stations, track, crossings, bridges, etc.) The last contract was awarded in February 2013 to Webcor Builders for the intermodal parking facilities and enhancements design-build project.

Construction Notices

The Construction Authority posts and sends out notices about detours, expected delays, and other construction-related announcements. Latest notice.

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Submitting a Claim

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Subcontracting Opportunities

For information regarding subcontracting opportunities for the Pasadena to Azusa Alignment and Intermodal Parking Facilities and Enhancements Design-Build Projects, please click here.

Construction Safety Program

Keeping the community safe during and following construction is of paramount importance to the Construction Authority. As part of our construction program for the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, the design-builder (under direction of the Construction Authority) is educating project neighbors, community groups, local school children, and others about how to stay safe during construction.

Additionally, the Construction Authority will work closely with Metro staff to transition the construction safety program into a program about staying safe around the train. This program is typically started about one year before construction is complete, and is run by Metro’s Transit Education Program.

If you are interested in having a presentation to your group or class about construction or train safety, contact Sylvia Beltran, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (626) 305-7012.

Community Meetings / Events

Please click here to view current Community Meetings and Events.

Take a Tour of the Metro Gold Line:

The Construction Authority is hosting tours of the Metro Gold Line light rail line between Pasadena and Los Angeles.  Tours provide an opportunity to experience how light rail interacts within communities, the design of stations and street crossings and the various train sounds.  Contact Sylvia Beltran at sbeltran@foothillextension.org or (626) 305-7012 if interested in a tour.