With construction almost complete on the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the independent agency building the project on Saturday began holding dedication ceremonies for each of the six stations. First up: the Duarte Station, located near the intersection of Duarte Road and Highland Avenue, about one-quarter mile east of the entrance to City of Hope. The station will include a 125-space parking lot.
Below are the news release and the event program from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. The Authority will begin the process of turning over the project to Metro this fall. Metro will then begin pre-revenue testing and employee training with an opening in 2016. Before you ask: we don’t have an exact date yet!
The Gold Line Foothill Extension adds 11.5 miles to the Gold Line from the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. The addition basically follows an extremely congested stretch of the 210 freeway and includes stations in downtown Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, downtown Azusa and a second Azusa station near the Rosedale development, Citrus College and Azusa Pacific University. In addition, the project includes a sprawling rail car maintenance facility in Monrovia.
The project is funded largely by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. Want to attend the other station dedications? Here is the info. Next up is the dedication for the Arcadia Station this Saturday (August 22) at 10 a.m.
Here is a photo gallery from Saturday: