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.
The extension adds six new stations in the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. The city of Azusa has 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 was 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 was fully funded by LA County’s Measure R.
To learn more about riding the Gold Line (i.e., current train schedules, fares, parking availability and charges, or for special needs assistance), contact Metro directly at 1(323) Go-Metro (1.323.466.3876) or at metro.net.
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The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa broke ground on June 26, 2010 and was completed on time and on budget on September 23, 2015. At that time it was turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service.
Three design-build teams designed and built 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 in 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. All three design-build teams completed their work on time and on budget.
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