Foothill Gold Line E-News
Utility Relocation Work Nears Completion; Pole Elimination Project Begins
With less than six weeks to go until the Construction Authority receives proposals from the four shortlisted design-build teams for the Glendora to Montclair project, Rasic Construction is underway this week on their final task under the utility relocation contract. Over the last year, Rasic crews have relocated or protected a dozen water and sewer lines that cross the railroad tracks (see pictures below of crews in La Verne recently). Rasic’s on-time completion allows this work to be done in advance of the design-build team being hired later this year; reducing risk for the work ahead.
Similarly, the Construction Authority began this week on a separate project to reduce potential delays for the design-builder. Working closely with Metrolink, crews have begun to eliminate the use of the pole line communication system that exists along portions of the 12.3-mile corridor. The current freight system uses these mostly-overhead lines to communicate with safety equipment at crossings; however, the overhead pole lines are within the shared corridor and will need to be removed to make room for the freight tracks to be relocated and the light rail system installed. The photos below are from work being done today in Glendora that transitions the communication system from the overhead pole lines to the tracks:
Foothill Gold Line Board Votes to Oppose Proposition 6
At the Construction Authority’s last board meeting, the board of directors voted to oppose Proposition 6 (the proposition on the November ballot to repeal the gas tax increase, SB1). The Construction Authority board’s vote is in-line with recent votes by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and LA Metro boards to oppose the repeal that would eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in grants awarded to highway and transit projects in Los Angeles County this year alone.
Earlier this year, the Foothill Gold Line was awarded nearly $300 million from the State’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, an SB1 program that is mostly funded by Cap and Trade auction proceeds but which also receives funds from the gas tax increase. The board’s vote against the repeal supports completion of projects throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the county as a whole that would benefit mobility and reduce pollution. The article excerpt below ran in late-May, after the grant awards were approved by the California Transportation Commission, and highlights some of the projects receiving these funds.
Gov. Brown calls recall of new gas tax ‘un-Californian,’ see the local transportation projects the money is funding
By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
At stake are $52.4 billion over 10 years from the tax known as SB-1 for fixing potholes, repairing hundreds of bridges, resurfacing roads and freeways, adding new rail service, bikeways and electrified buses and goods movement equipment at the ports that supporters say will reduce traffic congestion and move the state closer to its goal of reducing greenhouse gases 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
SB-1 added 12 cents and 20 cents per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel, respectively. The vehicle registration fees rose $25-$175 depending on the age of the automobile. Electric car owners will pay a $100 fee starting in 2020.
The California Transportation Commission earlier this week approved the latest funding from SB-1, amounting to $2.7 billion for 61 transportation projects. Of that, $1.2 billion was awarded to fund projects in Southern California, announced Brian Annis, Brown’s secretary of transportation, bringing the total dollars allocated since SB-1 was signed last spring to $9 billion.
TODAY: Foothill Gold Line Booth at 2018 National Night Out Against Crime in Glendora
Foothill Gold Line staff will be hosting a booth at the 2018 National Night Out Against Crime event in Glendora, taking place today from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Bidwell Forum and Library Plaza. Stop by our booth to learn more about the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair, including the future Glendora station. Click here or see below for more information.
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