The folks at the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority have been asking future riders a couple of key questions: why will they ride the new train when it opens next year — and where will they go?
The results thus far are above. What caught my eye: I was surprised only 27 percent of those who responded said they would take the light rail line for work. The Foothill Extension, I think, should offer pretty quick service to a couple of key job centers: Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles.
The Foothill Extension project is adding 11.5 miles of track from the Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. There will be six new stations: downtown Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale, downtown Azusa and Azusa/Citrus College.
This is a Measure R-funded project; the Construction Authority is an independent agency building the line and will turn it over to Metro when construction is complete. The project is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016 after testing and employee training.
If you would like to participate in the Construction Authority’s survey, click here. Also, check out their ‘I Will Ride’ blog and, as always, feel free to comment here on the project and how you may use it.