Foothill Gold Line E-News

May 2018

Foothill Gold Line to Receive Nearly $300 Million from State

Late last week, the Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair was recommended to receive a nearly $300 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA) Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) for transformative transit and rail projects. The project was one of several major rail investment projects that Los Angeles County Metro submitted for TIRCP grants, with a combined county recommended award of $1.09 billion. TIRCP is part of SB1, with proceeds coming directly from Cap and Trade auctions.

Upon formal approval and award, the TIRCP grant will be used to fill the estimated funding gap for the $1.5 billion, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension, that will connect Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. The gap is based on the Construction Authority’s latest project estimates; the final project cost will be known later this year once bids are received. 

The Construction Authority is well underway to hire the design-build contractor for the Glendora to Montclair project. In February, four highly-qualified design-build teams were short-listed to compete for the work, and each was sent an Industry Review Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) shortly thereafter. The formal RFP is on schedule to be issued late this month, and a contract award is anticipated in October.

For more on the grant award announcement, here are links to articles from the Los Angeles Times, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Metro's The Source, Claremont Courier, Streetsblog LA and Pasadena Now.

Strategic Utility Relocation Work and Pre-Construction Activities Underway

In advance of the design-build team beginning major construction in 2020, crews are out along the corridor now strategically relocating utilities and conducting pre-construction activities that will help ensure the light rail project is ready for the work ahead.

As seen in the pictures below, underground utilities were recently rerouted in the City of La Verne, with more work scheduled throughout the corridor cities over the next few months.

In addition, as shown in the photos below, geotechnical experts have been out recently at Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont, collecting and analyzing soil samples to understand the soil characteristics. The results will be used to inform the final engineering plans for the light rail bridge to be built at this location.


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