First of 18 new traction power substations delivered today

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A noteworthy construction milestone was reached today when the first of 18 new power traction substations was delivered to the Gold Line Foothill Extension and the Expo Line projects.

The first of the substations — which transfer electricity to the overhead wires — was delivered to the Foothill Extension in Duarte near the interchange of the 210 and 605 freeways, as shown in the above photos.

Both projects are now more than 50 percent complete, construction on the Crenshaw/LAX Line is now underway and utility relocation and other prep work is ongoing for the Purple Line Extension and Regional Connector projects. All the projects are receiving funding from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

5 replies

  1. What is the projected ridership for the Gold Line Foothill Extension? Also, how long is it expected to go from the terminus in Azusa to Union Station?

  2. The extension of the Gold Line should take some riders away from the San Bernadino Metrollink Line. Metrolink from Covina to L.A. Union Station is $202 a month, Metro 30 day Tap card is $75.

    • Hi Cali Man;

      I actually think it won’t take riders from Metrolink — but may add to ridership if Metrolink riders can transfer to Gold Line for commutes to northern San Gabriel Valley destinations. That’s the point: to build a transit network that mimics the freeway network so people can go from anywhere to anywhere.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source