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San Dimas Station

The San Dimas station is part of the Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair, and will be located east of San Dimas Avenue between Bonita Avenue and Arrow Highway. The station will be a center platform station, with light rail tracks on either side (one for westbound and one for eastbound trains). The San Dimas 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 San Dimas 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 intersection of Bonita Avenue/Cataract Avenue will be fully reconstructed, and a new traffic signal will be installed to replace the current stop signs. A new light rail bridge will be built over the Bonita Avenue/Cataract Avenue intersection for Gold Line trains only, requiring the permanent closure of Monte Vista Avenue at the railroad corridor to vehicles (click here to learn more about the bridge). The bridge and intersection changes are required by the California Public Utilities Commission for safety. A new pedestrian underpass will be built to allow north/south pedestrian access at Monte Vista Avenue. The freight track will remain at street level.

Once completed, a trip from San Dimas to Pasadena will take about 27 minutes and further to downtown Los Angeles will take approximately 56 minutes.

Bonita Ave/Cataract Ave Intersection Bridge

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 a new bridge be built over the intersection of Bonita Ave/Cataract Ave in the City of San Dimas for the Gold Line only. The bridge is 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 this intersection each day in the future.

As part of the CPUC approval, the existing freight track will be relocated within the existing railroad corridor and remain at street level; and the intersection of Bonita Ave/Cataract Ave will be reconfigured to improve safety and visibility. Monte Vista Avenue will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic, and a pedestrian walkway will be built through the bridge structure.

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

For more information on the bridge over the Bonita Ave/Cataract Ave intersection, click here for a fact sheet. To see 3D simulations of the bridge, click here.

About the Artists

Eugene and Anne Olsen Daub

Eugene Daub is a local artist nationally recognized for his sculpture and Bas-relief work. He is also the vice-president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society. Over the years, Eugene has designed and created many public art commissions for the United States Government, private foundations, universities and corporations. Some of his public collections are displayed at the Helsinki Art Museum, the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institute, United States Capitol and the United States Park Service.

Eugene studied at the University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts; University of the Arts, Pittsburgh; the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture; Rutgers University in New Jersey; and the Academy of Art College in California.

Anne Olsen Daub was educated at Fresno City College and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has lived in Los Angeles the past 15 years and has worked in the fashion industry at Mattel, designing and creating doll concepts and fashions for Barbie in both mainline and collectors. Since leaving Mattel, Anne has returned to her love of painting and mixed media. She explores the use of color, fabric, found objects and architectural elements in her work.

Based on their preliminary design concept, Eugene and Anne were selected by the city of San Dimas’ 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, they have taken their preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and San Dimas community, and advanced the design to be incorporated into the project’s construction.

Station Art Plan

Their artwork will capture the city’s special “Sense of Place,” born of a unique history in the citrus industry, a connection with the land, water and geography, its flora and fauna, along with cultural and community events and activities. There are no less than 25 parks and countless trails and hiking paths in the city. The station’s various art plans celebrate the wonders of the parks, mountains and local history. A series of larger than life “walking sticks” located on the platform are inspired by the animals and notable historic characters of San Dimas. They are sentinels that remind the viewer of unseen wonders and majestic vistas of the San Dimas area. They evoke a sense of exploration and discovery. They are an ageless symbol of the explorer in all of us. Animal footprints will be located on the platform or on the canopy column bases. The plans developed for the station are delightful and interactive and allow the viewer an opportunity to pause and reflect on the city’s unique character and place.

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

Future Plans

During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of San Dimas (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. At that time, the city was still uncertain as to the location of the city’s future station. Since then, the city decided that the station would be located east of San Dimas Avenue, opening up the possibility of further discussions about TOD in the general area. 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 San Dimas station is overseen by Metro. Metro coordinated with the Construction Authority and City of San Dimas to create a first/last mile plan for the San Dimas 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 San Dimas 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 San Dimas

The City of San Dimas, located along historic Route 66, is bounded by the 210 (Foothill), 57 (Orange) and 10 (San Bernardino) freeways. Along with convenient access, the city boasts beautiful vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains as well as the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys. The City’s distinct western style is most evident when visiting downtown shops, restaurants, museums and businesses. Wooden sidewalks and western storefronts lead visitors to the heart of downtown San Dimas. The City is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has 35,000 residents and has an area of 15 miles. Visitors to San Dimas can enjoy many entertainment, shopping and cultural amenities. Whether stopping by to play golf, visit Raging Waters, California’s largest water park, shop at one of five shopping centers, or the Railroad Museum San Dimas is a prime destination for the whole family. In 2010, the city celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city.

Learn more:
City of San Dimas –
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park –
Historic Downtown San Dimas –
Pacific Railraod Society –
Pacific Railroad Museum –
Raging Waters –
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce –
San Dimas Community Hospital –
San Dimas Historical Society –
San Dimas Canyon Nature Center –