Foothill Gold Line E-News
November was another good month on the 9.1-mile, four-station Glendora to Pomona project. The four new light rail stations continue to take shape, as work is getting underway on the associated parking facilities. Miles of overhead and underground wires and cables for the light rail power and train control systems continue to be installed; and crews are returning to various grade crossings to complete roadway and safety improvements. Meanwhile, each station’s dedicated artist/artist team remain busy working with fabricators to bring their station artwork to fruition.
Simultaneously, the Construction Authority is readying the 3.2-mile, two-station Pomona to Montclair project segment for a design-build procurement. Metro is expected to submit the project for full funding through SB125 by the end of 2023; and the Construction Authority plans to begin the 15-month process in early 2025 to hire a design-build team for the final project segment.
Read on to learn more about current construction activities.
Below are status updates on the various elements that make up the new light rail stations, including the platform canopies, decorative elements, communications and power systems, parking facilities, and station art. All four stations will be center platform stations, with a track on each side – one for westbound trains, and one for eastbound trains – and each station’s parking facility will feature amenities for riders arriving by bike, walking, bus and drop-off.
Crews recently completed installation of the decorative roof elements atop the canopy structures at the future Glendora station. As seen in the photos above, crews installed diamond-shaped shingles at the boarding canopy and glass panels with citrus-inspired patterns at the ticket vending machine (TVM) canopies to the west and east. These same decorative elements will be used at each of the four new stations.
Earlier this week, crews began installing the final set of overhead catenary system (OCS) poles for the station area, as seen in the photo above. Crews will later install the overhead wires across these poles to provide power for the future light rail trains.
Just south of the station platform, crews have nearly cleared all of the site of the future station parking facility ahead of its construction (see photo above). The site has been utilized for many months as a lay-down area for project materials.
At the future San Dimas station, crews recently installed the overhead wires that will provide power to the future light rail trains, as seen in the photo above.
Shortly after, the same specialized crew that installed the glass panels at the Glendora station began carrying out the same work at the future San Dimas station, as seen in the photos above. The San Dimas station has just one TVM canopy, located at the west end of the station platform by San Dimas Ave., and crews are already nearing completion on the glass panel installation.
Earlier this week, crews began installing the metal roof layer atop the boarding canopy (shown above). Once the full metal roof layer is installed, crews will install the diamond-shaped decorative shingles.
Across the street and west of the future station, crews have recently completed the demolition and clearing of the former San Dimas Park & Ride lot, which will serve as the site of the San Dimas station parking facility (see photo above).
With most of the platform completed at the future La Verne station, crews are getting ready to install the canopy structures onto the platform. At an off-site location, crews are currently fabricating the canopy parts that will soon be delivered for installation, starting first with the columns and braces (the pieces that provide additional support for the roof), as seen in the photos above.
Just south of the future La Verne station platform, construction continues on the station parking facility. As seen in the photos above, crews are currently carrying out underground utility work throughout the site. This is the first of the four parking facilities to be underway with major construction.
In addition, the same fabricator making the canopy structures will soon begin work on the La Verne station art pieces. As seen in the photo above, La Verne station artist Blue McRight recently held a meeting with the fabricator ahead of crews beginning the fabrication work on three 8-foot-tall art sculptures that will pay homage to La Verne’s history and architecture, as well as the community’s connection to water and agriculture (see drawing above).
Just south of the future Pomona station, crews continue to rebuild the existing parking area for the Pomona North Metrolink station. Late last month, crews completed the necessary work at the east section of the parking lot to allow it to reopen for use. Crews have fully closed and are now rebuilding the center section of the parking lot (see photo above) through Jan. 15, 2024, temporarily eliminating vehicle thru traffic and creating two temporary parking areas (one on the east side of the closed section and one on the west side). For information on this closure and work, click here.
With major work on the light rail track system complete, crews continue to install miles of overhead and underground wires and cables for the light rail power and train control systems. Each system is being constructed by separate, specialized crews that coordinate extensively with one another.
As seen above in the Glendora station section, crews are now installing the final sets of overhead catenary system (OCS) poles for the project. Nearly all of the 350 OCS poles needed for the project are now installed, with most of the remaining poles set to be installed soon through the Pomona station area.
Throughout stretches of the corridor where the poles are fully installed, crews continue to install the overhead wires across the poles, as seen in the photos above. The overhead wires will provide power to the light rail trains when the train’s pantograph comes into contact with the wire (light rail trains run on electricity).
Crews also continue to install miles of underground cables for the power, train control and communications systems (see photo above).
Crews are nearing completion on applying a dry finish onto the miles of decorative retaining walls that are now installed throughout the project. Some of these retaining walls are fairly large, like the one seen in the photo above at the Lone Hill Ave. light rail bridge in Glendora, and comprised of hundreds of individual concrete panels that feature citrus-inspired patterns designed by Alignment artist Christie Beniston.
Throughout the project, crews are returning to various grade crossings to complete remaining work on the roadways, sidewalks and safety improvements.
In Glendora, crews continue to implement intermittent lane closures on Route 66 between Hunters Trail and Compromise Line Rd. (click here for notice) through the end of the year to complete work on the roadway, sidewalks and bridges.
In La Verne, crews are continuing crossing safety upgrades at various crossings (see photo above at E St.).
To see more of these and other activities that took place this past month, click here or below to watch the latest project highlight video.
The Construction Authority is currently seeking $798 million to complete the 3.2-mile project segment from Pomona to Montclair that includes the final two stations of the 25-station Foothill Gold Line program. The agency expects Metro to submit the full funding request to CalSTA by the end of this year. CalSTA is the state agency overseeing the allocation of $4 billion statewide of SB125 funding approved as part of the 2023-’24 state budget; $1 billion of which is expected to come to Los Angeles County.
In anticipation of this future funding, the Construction Authority is preparing the Pomona to Montclair project segment for a design-build procurement. The 15-month procurement process will begin in January 2024. Once funding is secured and a contractor hired, the project will take five years to build to Claremont and Montclair.
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Thank you for your continued interest in the Foothill Gold Line. We appreciate your patience as we build this important regional project.
Lisa Levy Buch, Chief Communications and Strategic Development Officer and the Public Affairs Team
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