The Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair will extend the Metro Gold Line 12.3 miles and add stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. As with Pasadena to Azusa, the extension from Glendora to Montclair is planned to be built along the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF) right-of-way, which was purchased by Metro in the early 1990s for the project.

Once completed, a trip from Montclair to downtown Pasadena will take just over 40 minutes and further to Los Angeles will take approximately 75 minutes.

Planning for the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair began in 2003, and the Final Environmental Impact Report was certified by the Construction Authority under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in March 2013. The project completed advanced conceptual engineering in 2016 and broke ground in December 2017. To date, the Construction Authority has completed two of four construction contracts needed for the project. Both initial contracts relate to utilities and utility relocation.

In late 2018, as part of a multi-step competitive process to hire the Alignment Design-Build contractor to complete the main contract for the project, the Construction Authority received bids that were hundreds of millions of dollars above the amount of funding secured. As a result of the funding shortfall, the Construction Authority initiated the preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) in December 2018 to evaluate the environmental impacts of possibly phasing the construction and operation of the Glendora to Montclair project along with several other proposed Project Modifications. The Draft SEIR was published on March 22, 2019 for a 45-day review and comment period, which included a public hearing/meeting on April 16, 2019. The Final SEIR was published by the Construction Authority in June 2019, and was approved and certified by the Construction Authority board of directors in July 2019.

Completion of the Glendora to Montclair segment is now estimated to cost $2.1 billion. The Construction Authority anticipates awarding the Alignment Design-Build contract for the project in August 2019, which includes completion of the base project from Glendora to Pomona, with an option to have the winning team complete the entire project to Montclair if sufficient funds are secured within the first two years following the issuance of the notice to proceed.

Major construction is expected to start in 2020 and be completed to Pomona by 2025 (and to Montclair by 2028, if funding is secured in time to move forward with the contract option).

Click here to read the latest fact sheet on the Glendora to Montclair segment.


Schedule

The Construction Authority broke ground on the Glendora to Montclair project in December 2017. The first few years of the project are being used to relocate utilities, conduct other pre-construction activities, and to hire a design-build contractor. The Construction Authority anticipates awarding the Alignment Design-Build contract for the project in August 2019, which includes completion of the base project from Glendora to Pomona by 2025, with an option to have the winning team complete the entire project to Montclair by 2028 if sufficient funds are secured within the first two years following the issuance of the notice to proceed. Major construction is expected to start in 2020.

Click below to view the updated Glendora to Montclair project schedule:

Planning for the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair began in 2003, and the Final Environmental Impact Report was certified by the Construction Authority under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in March 2013. The project completed advanced conceptual engineering in 2016 and broke ground in December 2017. To date, the Construction Authority has completed two of four construction contracts needed for the project. Both initial contracts relate to utilities and utility relocation.

In late 2018, as part of a multi-step competitive process to hire the Alignment Design-Build contractor to complete the main contract for the project, the Construction Authority received bids that were hundreds of millions of dollars above the amount of funding secured. As a result of the funding shortfall, the Construction Authority initiated the preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) in December 2018 to evaluate the environmental impacts of possibly phasing the construction and operation of the Glendora to Montclair project along with several other proposed Project Modifications. The Draft SEIR was published on March 22, 2019 for a 45-day review and comment period, which included a public hearing/meeting on April 16, 2019. The Final SEIR was published by the Construction Authority in June 2019, and was approved and certified by the Construction Authority board of directors in July 2019.

Completion of the Glendora to Montclair segment is now estimated to cost $2.1 billion. The Construction Authority anticipates awarding the Alignment Design-Build contract for the project in August 2019, which includes completion of the base project from Glendora to Pomona, with an option to have the winning team complete the entire project to Montclair if sufficient funds are secured within the first two years following the issuance of the notice to proceed.

Major construction is expected to start in 2020 and be completed to Pomona by 2025 (and to Montclair by 2028, if funding is secured in time to move forward with the contract option).

Questions about the Glendora to Montclair project or the ongoing environmental review process should be directed to:

Lisa Levy Buch
Chief Communications Officer
Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority
(626) 305-7004
llevybuch@foothillgoldline.org

Click here to read the latest fact sheet on the Glendora to Montclair segment.

Funding Status

In late 2018, the Construction Authority received proposals from four highly qualified design-build teams competing to build the Glendora to Montclair project. Through that process, the agency learned that the project would cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than what was already secured. As a result, the overall estimated budget for the project increased to $2.1 billion. Due to the funding shortfall, the project underwent an environmental review (see Planning) to evaluate the environmental impacts of possibly phasing the construction and operation of the Glendora to Montclair project. This in turn would allow the Construction Authority flexibility to build as far as possible with the available funding.

In December 2018, the LA Metro Board unanimously reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to completing the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Claremont (LA County portion) as a first priority project and to identify funding sources and approaches to fill the estimated $570 million funding gap identified by the Construction Authority through the currently on-going procurement. Then in January 2019, the Metro board agreed to ensure sufficient funding so the base project within the design-build contract can include the Pomona Station, reducing the total shortfall by $230 million.

Funding Sources

The majority of the funds needed for the Los Angeles County portion of the project (Glendora to Claremont) will come from the Los Angeles County‘s 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. Additionally, in April 2018, the project received a nearly $300 million grant from SB1, through the State of California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to 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).

 One Line. Many Connections.