Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTIONS ABOUT RIDING THE GOLD LINE
Questions about how much it costs to ride the Gold Line, train schedules, parking fees or any other question related to the operational Metro system should be directed to Los Angeles County Metro (the Construction Authority is a separate government agency from LA Metro):
Metro’s customer relations is available at 1-323-Go Metro (1-323-466-3876) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Train schedules and other information are also available at www.metro.net.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY
Is the Construction Authority a department of Los Angeles County Metro?
No. The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is a separate agency from Los Angeles County Metro. The Construction Authority is a single-purpose agency, put in place by the California State Legislature in the late 1990s to plan, design, and construct the Gold Line light rail system from Los Angeles Union Station to Claremont (later extended to Montclair). Los Angeles County Metro is the Transportation Authority for the County of Los Angeles and is responsible for operating and maintaining the Gold Line and other rail and bus systems throughout the county.
The Construction Authority has already built two of the three Gold Line segments; Union Station to Pasadena and Pasadena to Azusa; and is currently underway on the third segment from Glendora to Montclair. Once the Construction Authority has completed construction and testing of each Gold Line segment, the agency turns that segment over to Los Angeles County Metro to operate. Metro is then the responsible agency in perpetuity.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GLENDORA TO MONTCLAIR SEGMENT
When will the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair be complete? When can I begin riding?
The project broke ground in December 2017. The first three years of the project are being used to relocate and protect strategic utilities, conduct other pre-construction activities, and finalize design. In August 2019, the Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture team was selected for the main design-build contract for the project. They will begin major construction in 2020, and potentially build the line in two construction phases. The first nine-mile segment from Azusa to Pomona will be completed in 2025 and include stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona. If an additional $450 million in funding is secured by October 2021, the team will build the entire project to Montclair and be completed in 2028. Once the construction is complete, it will be turned over to Los Angeles County Metro to conduct pre-revenue service. Metro determines when passenger service will begin.
Will the Glendora Station open for passenger service first, then the San Dimas Station, etc. (moving east); or will all stations open at one time?
For efficiency of cost and scheduling, the project will be built in layers by the design-builder (underground utilities, drainage, communication/systems, street crossings, bridge construction, ballast installation, track installation, etc.), with specialty crews moving from one place to another completing their layer. This process – which includes tens of thousands of work activities – allows the design-builder maximum flexibility to schedule crews and equipment, as well as arrange for needed materials. It results in the entire construction project being completed at the same time.
Once the Construction Authority reaches substantial completion and the line is tested and turned over to LA Metro for pre-revenue service (when new operators are trained on the extension), it will be up to LA Metro to decide how the agency opens the extension for passenger service. It is anticipated that the line will all open at the same time.
Is the Glendora to Montclair segment fully funded?
Not yet. The 12.3-mile, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair is budgeted to cost just under $2.1 billion. As of August 2019, the Construction Authority has committed funding of just over $1.6 billion; leaving a current funding shortfall to complete the full project to Montclair of approximately $450 million. Based on the current funding available, the Construction Authority is potentially completing the project in two construction phases – the first nine miles from Glendora to Pomona, and then from Pomona to Montclair.
Project funding is coming from both Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, as well as the State of California. The majority of the funds needed for the Los Angeles County portion of the project (Glendora to Claremont) is being funded by the Los Angeles County Measure M half-cent sales tax (approved by LA County voters in November 2016), along with nearly $100 million of residual funds from the Measure R half-cent sales tax not used to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The project was awarded a nearly $300 million grant from SB1, through the State of California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program in 2018; these funds will be used in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. The Construction Authority is working with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to finalize appropriation of funds to extend the line to Montclair (in San Bernardino County).
Have the locations of the Glendora to Montclair stations been finalized?
Yes. The locations of the Glendora to Montclair stations were selected by the station-cities and approved as part of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Glendora to Montclair segment in 2013. Gold Line stations will be located in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair, and generally located as identified below (to learn more about each station, including the latest site plan, visit the city-station pages:
- The Glendora Station will be located south of the city’s historic downtown, just east of Vermont Avenue.
- The San Dimas Station will be located near the civic center, east of San Dimas Avenue and south of Bonita Avenue.
- The La Verne Station will be located north of Arrow Highway and east of E Street, between the University of La Verne and the Fairplex.
- The Pomona Station will be located west of Garey Avenue and south of Bonita Avenue. It will share a general station area with the existing Pomona North Metrolink Station.
- The Claremont Station will be located approximately where the current Metrolink Station is located today, just west of College Avenue and south of First Street. As part of the Foothill Gold Line project, the Claremont Metrolink Station will be relocated east of College Avenue, nearer to the station parking.
- The Montclair Station will be located at the Montclair TransCenter, located just east of Monte Vista Avenue and north of Arrow Highway. A dozen bus and rail connections are available at this location.
Will the future stations have parking?
Yes. All future Gold Line stations will have multi-modal parking facilities built adjacent to the new stations. In Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair, station parking facilities will be shared with Metrolink. All stations will have bicycle parking, drop-off areas for buses and ride-sharing, along with easy access for pedestrians.
Will the Metrolink Station stay in Claremont?
Yes. As part of the Glendora to Montclair project, the Claremont Metrolink Station will stay in Claremont, but will be relocated from its current location west of College Avenue, to a new location just east of College Avenue (near the parking facility).
How is the Gold Line different than Metrolink?
The Gold Line light rail system and Metrolink are two different train systems operated by separate agencies and serving different travel markets.
Gold Line trains are light rail vehicles that are powered by electricity and have an overhead catenary system to provide power to the trains. Gold Line trains connect community to community and have stations about every mile. Gold Line trains run about 22-hours a day, with frequent service throughout the day, seven days a week.
Metrolink is an inter-county commuter rail system that serves Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. Metrolink trains are heavy rail vehicles, powered by diesel locomotives, that service longer distance trips (mostly for work). They make fewer stops and primarily operate during peak commuting hours in the morning and afternoon/evening, with less frequency during off peak times.
What does it mean that the Gold Line will be in a shared corridor with Metrolink and freight? Will the Gold Line trains use the same tracks as Metrolink and BNSF freight trains?
The Construction Authority will be building the Gold Line within an existing rail corridor that is currently used by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight service throughout, and Metrolink service from Cambridge Avenue in Claremont east.
The right of way owned for the rail corridor is approximately 100-feet wide on average; enough room to fit the existing freight and Metrolink tracks and future Gold Line tracks. However, because the existing tracks are currently located in the middle of the rail corridor, they will have to be relocated within the shared corridor to make room for the two new light rail tracks. From the APU/Citrus College Station to Lone Hill Avenue (Glendora) and from Towne Avenue (Pomona) east, the freight and Metrolink track(s) will be relocated to the southern portion of the rail corridor and the light rail tracks built on the northern portion. Between Lone Hill Avenue and Towne Avenue, the freight tracks will be relocated to the northern portion and the light rail tracks built on the southern portion. This is to allow BNSF to continue to service existing customers.
Will the Gold Line trains cross intersections at street level or be elevated on bridges?
Grade crossings are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and include at-grade crossings (where the train crosses a street at street level), grade-separated crossings (where the train crosses the street on a bridge and is therefore separated from street traffic) and pedestrian crossings (where pedestrians cross the tracks). There are about 50 total grade crossings included in the Glendora to Montclair project; about half are at-grade crossings and half are grade-separated crossings.
Over the last few years, the Construction Authority has been working with the CPUC on the project’s grade crossings, studying traffic and safety at each. The CPUC has determined that the project should grade-separate the following intersections (for Gold Line trains only, except where noted otherwise):
• Grand Avenue/Foothill Avenue (Glendora)
• Route 66 (Glendora)
• Lone Hill Avenue (Glendora)
• Bonita Avenue/Cataract Avenue (San Dimas)
• Garey Avenue (Pomona)
• Towne Avenue (Pomona)
• Indian Hill Boulevard (Claremont)
• Monte Vista Avenue (Montclair)
Gold Line trains will cross all other streets at-grade, or at street level, using a new safety gate system that closes off the rail corridor from cars and pedestrians when a train is approaching. All crossings that cross a local street will be improved as part of the project and upgraded with new safety equipment.
How often will the Gold Line trains run?
Los Angeles County Metro is a separate agency from the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. LA Metro operates the Gold Line and will determine the train schedule and frequency once construction is complete and the line is turned over to them for operations.
Today, Metro Gold Line trains run about 22 hours a day. During the morning and afternoon weekday peak hours, trains run approximately every seven-minutes. On weekends and during off-peak weekday hours, trains run between every 12 to every 20 minutes, depending on the time of day. For more about the current train schedule, please go to www.metro.net or contact Metro’s customer relations team at 1-323-Go Metro.
How long will it take to travel between Montclair and Pasadena? Between Montclair and Los Angeles?
We estimate that a trip between Montclair and downtown Pasadena will take just over 40 minutes, and a trip between Montclair and Los Angeles will take approximately 67 minutes.
See the table below for estimates of travel times from Glendora to Montclair segment stations:
|Time in Minutes|
|Glendora to Montclair:||Added Travel Time*||Time to Sierra Madre Villa Station (+19 min)||Time to Union Station (+29 min)|
* Added travel times are approximate and will be determined by LA Metro.
What temporary and permanent changes should I expect as a resident, worker or business near the new Gold Line corridor as the project is built?
During construction, the community can expect temporary impacts (such as short-term lane closures, extended street closures at street crossings, noise mostly from construction vehicles during limited construction hours, and other construction-related activities). Notices and signage will be used to warn of these temporary conditions.
Permanent changes will also occur due to the project, including safety enhancements at all street crossings (new safety gates, raised medians, red curbing and turn restrictions within 100 feet of the rail corridor at all street crossings), relocation of the freight track from the center of the rail corridor to make room for the two new Gold Line tracks, new fencing and walls will be built along the entire rail corridor, and new overhead lines to power the Gold Line system. New light rail bridges (for the Gold Line only) will be built over eight streets (see previous questions for details), and any existing freight bridge will also be relocated. Additionally, the California Public Utilities Commission has required changes to the Pomona North Metrolink Station access from Fulton Road; restricting turns to right-in and right-out in the future. West Ada and Glenwood Avenues in Glendora 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, as will Monte Vista Avenue at the railroad corridor in San Dimas.
Is there an extension planned to connect the Gold Line from Montclair to Ontario Airport?
While a connection to Ontario Airport is frequently talked about as the final leg for the Foothill Gold Line, there are currently no plans or funding to move forward with building the segment. Multiple regional studies, however, are currently underway to review how best to provide transit service to the airport, including the possibility of connecting the Gold Line in the future.
How can I stay updated on construction?
Receiving progress reports and construction alerts on the Foothill Gold Line is easy. Register online here to begin receiving our project e-newsletter to your email.
Who do I talk to about contracting and job opportunities with the Construction Authority?
Job openings will be posted on the https://foothillgoldline.org website under the Contracting/Jobs tab. Resumes can be sent to email@example.com.
To register to receive information on upcoming contracting opportunities with the Construction Authority, register here.