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Foothill Gold Line E-News

June 1, 2015

Pasadena to Azusa Update

The Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa is now 95% complete and on schedule to be turned over to Metro in late-September 2015. The majority of the remaining work is focused on completing the stations and station parking facilities and continuing live wire train testing throughout the corridor.

Train testing, which began in December 2014, is currently 50% complete and will continue through September. Testing has been conducted on the alignment from Pasadena to Irwindale and will expand to Azusa this month.

With the six stations nearing substantial completion, the station artwork is now being installed. Dedications for the stations are being set in coordination with the cities and will be taking place in the months of August and September. More details to follow soon.

Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus

The 24-acre Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus is an important element of the Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa. The $265 million Campus will be turned over to Metro later this month, and was completed on budget and several months ahead of schedule.

Importantly, the facility was designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, one of the highest levels of sustainable achievement available. Some of the facility’s sustainability features include:
• A state-of-the-art, 132,000-square-foot Main Shop Building, designed to achieve a 35 percent reduction in water use and 32.5 percent reduction in electricity use.
• A car wash that utilizes only recycled, reclaimed water.
• An on-site 178.5-watt solar panel array that will generate an average of 22,000 kilowatt-hours per month (enough to power one-third of the needs of the Main Shop Building).
• A comprehensive stormwater system that collects and filters 112,000 gallons of rainfall before infiltrating into the groundwater aquifers below.

Click here to read a newsletter on the facility, its sustainability elements, and the art overlay inspired by the California state flower, the California Poppy. To view the infographic, click here.


Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Construction Authority hosted a dedication and community open house for the Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus. More than 600 community members and elected officials attended the May 23rd dedication in Monrovia. Among the officials present were Congress Members Grace Napolitano and Norma Torres; State Senators Bob Huff and Dr. Ed Hernandez; Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden and Assembly Members Ed Chau and Roger Hernandez; Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Hilda Solis; the Foothill Gold Line Board of Directors and dozens of mayors and city council members from throughout the San Gabriel Valley – all of whom participated in commemorating the on-budget, ahead-of-schedule achievement. Metro’s new CEO, Phil Washington also attended and participated in the dedication ceremony.

Azusa to Montclair Update

Over the past two months, the Construction Authority hosted six community open houses in the Azusa to Montclair segment. Altogether, more than 400 community stakeholders attended these events to learn about the status of the effort to advance the engineering for the six-station 12.3-mile extension and ready it for a 2017 groundbreaking.

Each open house provided the opportunity to meet the city-selected station artist and see the art concepts for the future stations. Project representatives were on-hand to answer questions, and the artists were able to receive feedback from community members on their art concepts.

If you missed the open houses, here is a link to the latest newsletter for the Azusa to Montclair segment.

Additionally, here are links to the fact sheets for each of the future stations: Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.

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:
• Receive construction notices to your email:
• Friend the project on Facebook at:
• 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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