Our friends at the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority just released this new video of a ride along the new light rail tracks from Arcadia to Azusa.
The video begins about a mile east of the Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena just as the tracks soar over the eastbound 210 freeway on the new Gold Line bridge. The trip then passes through all six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.
The video was shot from a truck capable of driving along railroad tracks over several days in October and November. Track work for the project was completed this fall and clearance testing with a light rail car began this past Monday — we have plenty of photos on this earlier post.
The Gold Line Foothill Extension will run for 11.5 miles from eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border and is funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by nearly 68 percent of L.A. County voters in 2008. The project also includes a new light rail maintenance campus in Monrovia.
The project is being built by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, an independent agency. The Authority is scheduled to complete construction in September and then hand over the project to Metro, which will operate it. Metro is currently forecasting an opening in the first half of 2016 and testing and training are complete.
The Construction Authority has a ton of info about the project on their website — including a sign-up for construction and project updates. Please check it out.