Foothill Gold Line E-News
December 10, 2014
Pasadena to Azusa Update
The 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa is now more than 80% complete. As you look along the project corridor, it is clear that we are nearing the end of construction. All 28 miles of light rail track are now installed; all 14 at-grade crossings are complete; and the project’s 24 bridge structures are also finished. Last month, the final traction power substation (TPSS) was installed, and now all ten substations are being prepared for service. These substations convert the electricity provided by the local utility company into the type needed to power the Overhead Catenary System, which then delivers power to the trains. Each TPSS is designed specifically for its position along the light rail system and is located a little more than a mile apart from one another.
This week, the project achieved an especially historic milestone when train testing began on the line. At dawn on Monday (December 8), a light rail vehicle from Metro’s fleet entered into the Foothill Gold Line project jurisdiction for the first time. The vehicle, a $4 million AnsaldoBreda P2250 weighing over 100,000 pounds, was outfitted with specialized gear to test clearances, wheel/rail interface, rail switches, and the Overhead Catenary System. The testing will take place over the next two weeks within Segment 3 of the project area (which includes parts of Monrovia, Duarte and Irwindale). This is the first of many months of testing ahead; however, it is an exciting and significant milestone for the project, which continues to be on time and on budget for completion in just ten months.
Several news reports have been published about the initiation of testing. If you missed them, here are links to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story and photo gallery, the post on Metro’s blog “The Source” which includes a video of Metro’s key staff discussing the importance of the testing phase, and Arcadia Weekly's coverage. You can also click here to read our blog post.
Looking ahead over the next few months, work will continue on the stations and parking structures, as they near completion. Importantly, all station artists are currently in the process of finalizing fabrication of their art elements and preparing to have their art installed in early 2015.
VIDEO: Travel Along the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa in Just 6 Minutes!
When the Gold Line opens for service from Pasadena to Azusa, it will take about 17 minutes to travel the tracks that link Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. This hi-rail tour (video below) will take you along the route in just six minutes. Strap on your seat belt, and enjoy the ride!
Azusa to Montclair Update
The Construction Authority continues to advance the design for the 12.3-mile Azusa to Montclair segment toward a shovel-ready project in 2017. Engineers are out along the corridor surveying the area and beginning geologic testing and other activities needed to provide information to the engineering documents for the project. Additionally, coordination with the Azusa to Montclair corridor cities is actively underway, including work with the Fire Life Safety and Security Committee made up of police and fire departments.
As part of the current effort, each city has appointed a Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee to determine the design and art elements for the six future stations. In November, the SDAR Committee representatives came together to tour highlights of the Gold Line system. The tour featured art, design, safety, pedestrian and bicycle elements at various stations, including South Pasadena (pictured below) and the Arcadia Station and recently completed transit plaza. Committee members were able to see how design and art have been integrated into the stations and the surrounding station areas to create unique destinations that represent the community and provide Gold Line passengers an experience that begins even before riders board the train.
For more details and pictures from the tour, click here to read the blog post.
Other Easy Ways to Stay Updated:
Community Resources Available:
• 24-hour Community Hotline - (626) 324-7098
• Get construction alert texts sent to your cell phone - text GOLDLINENEWS to 888777
• Construction Authority's Construction Updates webpage: http://www.foothillgoldline.org/construction_phases/construction-updates/
• Receive construction notices to your email: http://www.foothillgoldline.org
• Friend the project on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/iwillride
• Drop by one of three public information offices:
406 E. Huntington Dr, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA 91016
(Construction Authority Offices)
Hours: Mondays through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1300 W. Optical Dr, Suite 500, Azusa, CA 91702
Hours: Mondays through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Foothill Gold Line.
Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs
and the Public Affairs Team
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