Foothill Gold Line E-News

April 2019


THIS Sunday, April 28 (10 AM to 10 PM): Train Testing in Azusa, Glendora and San Dimas; Expect Delays

THIS Sunday, April 28, the Construction Authority will be testing a newly installed underground communication system for the freight train system that runs through the cities of Azusa, Glendora and San Dimas, requiring stoppage of all traffic across the rail corridor for approximately 3-5 minutes each test run, with the possibility of longer delays. The testing will require a freight train (Metrolink or BNSF) to run at 40 miles per hour (MPH) between Barranca Ave. in Glendora and Gladstone Ave. in San Dimas. The testing involves several trials on the active freight corridor to ensure the new communication system will activate and deactivate the train signals at all street crossings. Additional streets east and west of those being tested will also be impacted to allow the train to accelerate and decelerate; see the list below.

The communication system’s testing is part of the initial construction activities for the Foothill Gold Line light rail project being built from Azusa to Montclair.

WHEN

Train testing will take place this Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

WHERE

Intersection/rail crossings affected during the testing include:

City of Azusa: Virginia Ave., San Gabriel Ave., Azusa Ave., Dalton Ave. and Pasadena Ave.
City of Glendora: Barranca Ave., Foothill/Grand Ave., Vermont Ave., Glendora Ave., Pasadena Ave., Glenwood Ave., Elwood Ave., Loraine Ave., Lone Hill Ave. and Gladstone Ave.
City of San Dimas: Gladstone Ave., Eucla Ave., Bonita/Cataract Ave., Monte Vista Ave.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Expect 3-5 minutes of delays at the railroad crossings periodically throughout the day, with the potential for longer delays.
  • A Metrolink or BNSF train will begin on the west side (Azusa) or east side (San Dimas) of the city of Glendora and accelerate to 40 miles per hour through Glendora, activating the train signals and crossing gates at all street crossings (see list above). Once the train reaches the end of the testing segment, another trial run will begin in the opposite direction. A total of six successful runs complete the testing, which could require the testing to occur from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Testing will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
  • The train’s horn will be sounded as it approaches each street crossing.
  • Safety officials, called Flaggers, will assist with traffic management at the intersection/rail crossings being tested between Barranca Ave in Glendora and Gladstone Ave in San Dimas as the train passes.
  • Pedestrian access via the sidewalks will remain open; however, pedestrian traffic will also be stopped when the train is approaching.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT US

For questions about the upcoming train testing, contact:

Yesenia Arias, Community Relations Manager
(626) 305-7012
yarias@foothillgoldline.org


Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for Glendora to Montclair Project Available for Public Comment Until May 6

The Construction Authority released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Glendora to Montclair project on March 22. It is available for review and comment until May 6, 2019.

A public meeting/hearing was held on April 16. The presentation (PDF link) and fact sheet (PDF link) from the public meeting/hearing are available for download.

How to Review the Draft SEIR:

The Draft SEIR is available on the Construction Authority’s website; and hard copies are available at the Construction Authority’s office and at the city offices and libraries listed below:

Construction Authority Office
406 East Huntington Drive, Suite 202
Monrovia, CA 91016-3633

Local City Offices (Public Information Counters) and Corridor Libraries:

  • City of Azusa – Public Works Department
  • City of La Verne – Public Works Department
  • City of Pomona – Public Works Department
  • City of Claremont – Planning Division
  • City of Montclair – Public Works Department
  • City of Glendora – Public Works Department
  • City of San Dimas – Public Works Department
  • Glendora City Public Library
  • La Verne – Los Angeles County Library
  • Pomona City Library
  • San Dimas – Los Angeles County Library
  • Claremont – Los Angeles County Library
  • Azusa City Public Library
  • Montclair – San Bernardino County Library

Proposed Project Modifications:

The Project includes a 12.3-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line light rail line from APU/Citrus College Station in Azusa to Montclair, and the Construction Authority proposes to modify the existing approved Project (2013 FEIR as addended). Proposed Project Modifications include construction and operation of the Project in four construction phases (see map below), rather than two phases; relocating the future parking facility at the Pomona Station from the north side of the station to the south side; and implementing a new mitigation measure that would widen White Avenue near the La Verne Station (from 1st Street to 6th Street in La Verne).

The Draft SEIR has concluded that one new significant unmitigable traffic impact will occur as a result of the proposed changes to the project, at the intersection of Glendora Avenue/Route 66. All other impacts have been mitigated to less than significant levels.

(click map to enlarge)

Providing Comments on the Draft SEIR:

Comments on the Draft SEIR can be sent via U.S. mail or email by the close of the comment period. All submitted comments concerning the Draft SEIR must be received no later than May 6, 2019 and should be directed to the following Construction Authority representative:

Lisa Levy Buch
Chief Communications Officer
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
406 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 202
Monrovia, CA 91016-3633
Phone: (626) 471-9050
Email: llevybuch@foothillgoldline.org

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