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Pomona Station

The Pomona Station is located west of Garey Avenue and east of Fulton Road, northeast of the existing Pomona North Metrolink station. The light rail station is a center platform station, with tracks on either side (one for westbound and one for eastbound trains). Access to the station will be from both east and west ends of the platform, and a pedestrian walkway is planned to provide circulation between the Metro and Metrolink transit systems. A 300-space parking facility will be located off Garey Avenue, just southeast of the station. The parking facility will provide charging kiosks for EVs, bicycle parking and bus and drop-off areas.

A total of four and five tracks run through the city of Pomona (depending on the location in the city). Tracks run in two separate rail corridors – one on the north for the new Metro A Line tracks and freight, and one on the south for Metrolink and freight. While Metro A Line trains and freight trains share the northern corridor, they will not share tracks. Therefore, the freight tracks that were located in the middle of the northern rail corridor were relocated to the northern half of that corridor to make room for the new light rail tracks in the southern half. The Metrolink/freight corridor on the south will remain as is today and is not part of the Foothill Gold Line project.

During the remaining construction, the community can expect temporary impacts (such as short-term lane closures, noise mostly from construction vehicles, and other construction-related issues). Permanent changes are occurring 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 wires to power the more than 200 Metro A Line trains anticipated to run daily. Additionally, the California Public Utilities Commission required changes to the Pomona North Metrolink Station access from Fulton Road; restricting turns to right-in and right-out only. Those changes were completed in 2022.

New light rail bridges (for the light rail system only) will be built over Garey and Towne Avenues once funding is secured to build to Montclair.

Once completed, a trip from Pomona to Pasadena will take approximately 33 minutes and further to downtown Los Angeles will take approximately 62 minutes.

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

About the Artist

A native of Pomona Valley, Stephen Farley is an accomplished artist based in Tucson, Arizona. He has an extensive resume of community-celebrating public art projects across the U.S. He invented a new process for translating photographs to ceramic tile called Tilography, which he has used for the two main downtown light rail stations in Phoenix, two four-story murals at the One University Government Center in Broward County, Florida, and 18 large vertical murals at the Gardner Community Center in San Jose, California, among many others.

Stephen graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science. He studied abroad his junior year at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Based on his design concept, Stephen was selected by the city of Pomona’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. Over the course of nearly two decades of work, he developed and refined his design in deep collaboration with the community to celebrate the everyday people who make Pomona powerful.

Station Art Plan

Who inspired you? For whom are you grateful? Who changed your life? Other cities have a hall of fame – the Pomona Station is a Hall of Gratitude. This is the station art plan by the city-selected artist for the Pomona Station, Stephen Farley.

This project is designed to connect Pomona to its past and its future, generating a renewable source of people power for positive transformation of the entire community by honoring 56 Pomonans who have been submitted by their neighbors as people who made a difference in their lives. Their likeness will be displayed alongside a Power Statement expressing how they made that difference. Examples of those statements are: “Gabe showed me the power of courage,” and “Janelle showed me the power of love.” 56 people and statement pairs will be included within the station area. The artwork will be fabricated on 2’x2’ arrays of 6” glazed ceramic tile, using the Tilography process.

While there is only space for 56 people to be exhibited at the station, all images and stories submitted over the last few years are included on a virtual Hall of Gratitude with more information about his station art program. To view submissions or to learn more, go to www.pomonapeoplepower.com.

Future Plans

During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of Pomona (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 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.

First/Last Mile Plans

The first/last mile plan for the future Pomona station is overseen by Metro. Metro coordinated with the Construction Authority and City of Pomona to create a first/last mile plan for the Pomona station area. The plan was adopted by the Metro Board of Directors on June 27, 2019.

To learn more about the first/last mile plan for the future Pomona station, click here to visit Metro’s first/last mile plan website. NOTE: If you click on the link, you will be directed away from this website.

About Pomona

Long recognized as a major center of the citrus industry, the City of Pomona was actually named after the Roman Goddess of Fruit. Today, Pomona is entering its 3rd century as one of the major cities in Southern California, having first been incorporated in 1888. From its agricultural beginnings as a prime citrus product provider, to its development as a major railway and freeway corridor, Pomona has been a quality location for people to live and work for well over one hundred years.

The city is well known as the home of the LA County Fairplex, that welcomes more than a million visitors every year to the County Fair, among many other cultural and learning events. It is also home to two prestigious universities – California Polytechnic University at Pomona (one of two polytechnic universities in the California state system) and Western University of Health Sciences (one of the largest graduate schools for health professions in California). Today, the city prides itself on its history, diversity, community partnerships and commitment to continuous improvement in services for all residents and businesses.

Learn more:
Adobe de Palomares – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ygnacio_Palomares_Adobe
African-American Museum of Beginnings – http://www.taamb.org/
American Museum of Ceramic Art – http://www.amoca.org/
Auto Club Raceway – https://www.nhra.com/nhra
Cal Poly Pomona – http://www.cpp.edu/
City of Pomona – www.ci.pomona.ca.us
Kellogg House at Cal Poly Pomona – http://www.kellogghouse.com/
Los Angeles County Fairplex – www.fairplex.com/
Mt. San Antonio College – http://www.mtsac.edu/
NHRA Motorsports Museum – http://www.nhramuseum.org/
Pomona Chamber of Commerce – www.pomonachamber.org
Pomona Civic Center and Courthouse – https://www.laconservancy.org/locations/pomona-civic-center
Pomona North Metrolink Station – https://www.metrolinktrains.com/rider-info/general-info/stations/pomona—north/
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center – www.pvhmc.org/
Southern California Medical Museum – http://www.socalmedicalmuseum.org/
St. Luke University – http://www.sluedu.us/
Western University of Health Sciences – www.westernu.edu/