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Glendora Station

The Glendora station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair, and will be located just south of the city’s historic downtown, east of Vermont Avenue and west of Glendora Avenue. The station will be a center platform station, with light rail tracks on either side (one for westbound and one for eastbound trains). The Glendora station will have an associated parking facility, and have amenities for riders arriving by walking, bicycle, bus and drop-off.

Once completed, three tracks will run through the City of Glendora within the shared rail corridor – the two light rail tracks will be located in the north portion for the Gold Line and the one freight track will be on the south. While the two systems will share the rail corridor, light rail trains and freight trains do not share tracks.

Permanent changes around the corridor will also occur due to the project, including safety enhancements at all street crossings (raised medians, red curbing and turn restrictions within 100 feet of the rail corridor at all street crossings), new fencing and walls along the entire rail corridor, and new overhead electrical lines to power the Gold Line system. In Glendora, new light rail bridges will be built over the Foothill Boulevard/Grand Avenue intersection, at Lone Hill Avenue and at Route 66 for Gold Line trains only. A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Elwood Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. West Ada and Glenwood Avenues will be permanently closed at the railroad corridor, as required by the California Public Utilities Commission to improve safety along the corridor, and made into cul-de-sacs.

Once completed, a trip from Glendora to Pasadena will take approximately 22 minutes and further to downtown Los Angeles will take approximately 51 minutes.

Light Rail Bridges at Foothill Boulevard/Grand Avenue intersection, Lone Hill Avenue and Route 66

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is responsible for reviewing and approving all grade crossings in the State of California where a train is proposed to cross a street or pedestrian walkway. As part of the CPUC’s extensive review process for the Foothill Gold Line project, the regulatory agency has required that new bridges be built over the intersection of Foothill Boulevard/Grand Avenue and Lone Hill Avenue in the city of Glendora for the Gold Line only. The bridges are being required for safety of both the new light rail system and the city streets; as the result of an estimated 200+ Gold Line trains crossing the intersection and street each day in the future.

At the Foothill Boulevard/Grand Avenue intersection, the existing freight track will be relocated within the existing railroad corridor and remain at street level; and the intersection will be reconfigured to improve safety and visibility. A pedestrian walkway will be built through the bridge structure. Click here for more information on the Gold Line bridge over the Foothill Boulevard/Grand Avenue intersection.

At Lone Hill Avenue, the existing freight track will be relocated within the existing railroad corridor and remain at street level; and the grade crossing will be reconfigured to improve safety and visibility. A pedestrian walkway will be built through the bridge structure. Click here for more information on the Gold Line bridge over Lone Hill Avenue.

At Route 66, the existing freight bridge and track will remain in its current location, while a new light rail bridge for the light rail system will be built directly adjacent to the freight bridge on the north side. Click here for more information on the Gold Line bridge over Route 66.

For more information on the station, including the public art planned, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

About the Artist

Michael Hillman is an accomplished local artist with an extensive resume of public art projects completed in California. In, 2004, Michael received a grant for the Visiting Artist Program at Citrus College. The artist and his students designed and created a bench and two hand-made tile wall murals. Some of his other work includes work for the City of Pomona to create a large-scale diorama for the Los Angeles Fair, which won an award.

Michael received a Masters of Art & Ceramics degree from Cal State Long Beach. His experience includes teaching as a Professor of Art at Citrus Community College since 1997. He previously served as a Professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University and was an art consultant for the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1994.

Station Art Plan

Michael’s plan for the station art is derived from the rich history of the town in which he lives and works: Glendora. “Glendora Home: A Slice of Sunshine” is the title of Michael’s theme for the station and refers to a brand of citrus that was grown and packed in Glendora and the company’s slogan: “A Slice of Sunshine.” The title also reflects the artist’s feelings about Glendora.

Michael draws from the history, culture and landscape of the city to develop the art for the Glendora Station that he hopes will encourage passengers, especially those from the area, to reminisce. Michael’s design will interpret local themes in a contemporary way while engaging various senses. To do this, he has designed station landmarks, which are large, oval columns embellished using dazzling glass tesserae tiles in brilliant colors to evoke imagery (including citrus, the foothills, bougainvillea, the brodiaea filifiolia flower and water). These sculptural columns will be placed in the station area.

For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

Future Plans

During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of Glendora (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 station. At that time, the city was laying the groundwork for TOD near the future station by updating the city’s General Plan and Route 66 Specific Plan, and identifying opportunity sites for mixed-use development. The Construction Authority and city began a new dialogue through another TOD study in 2010, which revisited the earlier concepts following the economic downturn. In 2016, the Construction Authority measured the progress of TOD implementation since the first segment of the line opened for passenger service in 2003, including reviewing the potential TOD that could take place near the stations looking forward. Click here to learn more about the TOD Studies.

About Glendora

Glendora is nestled at the base of the scenic San Gabriel Mountains, in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. Located approximately 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Glendora offers convenient access to major commercial, cultural, educational and recreational areas in Southern California. Founded in 1887, Glendora was officially incorporated as a City in 1911. The City remained a small citrus-producing community until the late 1950s, when agriculture gave way to large scale residential development.

Today, over 50,000 residents enjoy Glendora’s highly rated public and private schools, lush parks, comprehensive community services and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. From tree lined neighborhood streets and quaint downtown Village shops to the modern architecture of the Financial Way business center, Glendora is a haven from the fast pace of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Learn more:
Citrus College – www.citruscollege.edu
City of Glendora – www.ci.glendora.ca.us
East Valley College – http://www.eastvalleycollege.com/
East Valley Hospital Medical Center – http://evhmc.com
Foothill Presbyterian Memorial Hospital – https://www.cvhp.org/Our_Facilities/Foothill_Presbyterian.aspx
Glendora Chamber of Commerce – www.glendora-chamber.org
Glendora Community Hospital – https://www.glendorahospital.com/
Glendora Historical Society Museum – www.glendorahistoricalsociety.org
Glendora Village – www.glendoravillage.com
Haugh Performing Arts Center – http://www.haughpac.com/
South Hills Wilderness Area – http://www.cityofglendora.org/departments-services/parks-recreation-senior-services/trails
The Rubel Castle & Pharm – www.glendorahistoricalsociety.org