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La Verne Station
The La Verne station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair, and will be located north of Arrow Highway and east of E Street, between the University of La Verne and the Pomona Fairplex. The station will be a center platform station, with the light rail tracks on either side (one for westbound and one for eastbound trains). The La Verne 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 La Verne within the shared rail corridor – the two light rail tracks will be located in the south portion for the Gold Line and the one freight track will be on the north. While the two systems will share the rail corridor, light rail trains and freight trains do not share tracks.
Permanent changes 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), relocation of the freight track to the northern half of the rail corridor, new fencing and walls along the entire rail corridor, and new overhead lines to power the Gold Line system. Additionally, the California Public Utilities Commission is currently evaluating whether the Gold Line tracks will need to be grade-separated on a bridge over White Avenue (more information will be known in the coming months). Freight and Metrolink tracks will remain at-grade (street level).
Once completed, a trip from La Verne to Pasadena will take approximately 31 minutes and further to downtown Los Angeles will take approximately 60 minutes.
For more information on the station, including the public art planned, click here for the latest station fact sheet.
About the Artist
Blue McRight is an accomplished local artist. Some of her existing commissioned public artwork are a piece titled Luminaries for the California Dept. of Health Services in Sacramento; a light sculpture for the Port of Portland; and artwork for the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Blue attended Rhode Island School of Design and Evergreen State College. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Downtown Cultural Trust Fund Grant through the L.A. County Redevelopment Agency, a Cultural Grant from the City of Los Angeles, and two Artist Grants from the Santa Fe Arts Council in New Mexico.
Based on her preliminary design concept, Blue was selected by the city La Verne’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. As the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair continues to move from planning to reality, Blue will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and La Verne community, to advance her design concept further.*
Station Art Concept
Blue proposes to create three station landmarks, symbolizing the history and architecture of La Verne and the community’s connection to water. The artwork will become engaging landmarks visible from the train station and surrounding streets. A central theme in her art concept is the shared history of citrus and water. The steps of an old orchard ladder, both literally and metaphorically, will create a repeating zig-zag pattern – an ancient symbol of water. This pattern appears in the ceramic tile ornamentation of the Metropolitan Water District’s Weymouth Tower, a landmark in the City of La Verne. The zig-zag shape was also prominently featured as the roofline of the nowdemolished La Verne Orange and Lemon Grower’s Association building. An important example of shared infrastructure in the La Verne area is Arrow Highway. This important connector will be symbolized in the artwork by arrow-shaped, colored concrete bases for each sculpture. Each ‘arrow’ will point to one of three important community partners (Downtown La Verne – symbolizing the city; the University of La Verne; and the Pomona Fairplex); thus each sculpture will be oriented in a different direction.
For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.
During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of La Verne (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 stations. The City of La Verne had invested significant time and money to update the General Plan, collaborate with major stakeholders to finalize the University of La Verne Master Plan and participate with the Construction Authority during the 2006-7 transit-oriented development study. 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 La Verne
Founded in 1887, La Verne is a city of more than 30,000 residents and boasts a well balanced community with a good mix of residential, commercial and industrial features. The area was for centuries home to a number of Native American tribes whose artifacts have amazed archeologists. Today La Verne is a “close knit” community that is home to many fine institutions and facilities among which include the University of La Verne (founded in 1891), Brackett Airport and an array of highly rated public and private schools. As one of the most desirable communities in metropolitan Southern California, La Verne is a progressive city that has retained much of its small town charm. Long-range planning buttressed by a strategic vision provides La Verne with outstanding services at the lowest cost. With a tradition of planning that can be traced to the 1920s, La Verne today is a leader in municipal strategic planning.
Auto Club Raceway – https://www.nhra.com/nhra
Brackett Field Airport – www.airnav.com/airport/KPOC
City of La Verne – www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/
La Casa de Carrion Historical Home – https://www.californiahistoricallandmarks.com/landmarks/chl-386
La Verne Chamber of Commerce – www.lavernechamber.org
Los Angeles County Fairplex – http://fairplex.com/
Marshall Canyon Regional Park – http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/Parks/Marshall_Canyon_Park_And_Nursery
NHRA Motorsports Museum – http://www.nhramuseum.org/
Old Town La Verne – https://www.theroute-66.com/la-verne.html
Rail Giants Train Museum – http://www.railgiants.org/
University of La Verne – www.ulv.edu