With construction almost complete on the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the independent agency building the project has begun holding dedication ceremonies for each of the six stations. This past Saturday, they held the dedication for Arcadia Station, located on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Santa Clara Street in downtown Arcadia. A parking garage with 300 spaces has also been built next to the station.
Below is the news release 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!
More photos are available here.
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’s the schedule.
And here’s the full press release from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority:
Arcadia, CA – The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) today held a dedication ceremony for the recently completed Arcadia Station, the second in a series of dedications to celebrate the upcoming substantial completion of construction for the nearly $1 billion, six-station light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa. Today’s event was attended by elected officials at all levels of government, transportation officials and hundreds of community stakeholders. The 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line project from Pasadena to Azusa, which broke ground in June 2010, is on time and on budget to be turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service in late-September 2015. Metro anticipates starting pre-revenue service this Fall and passenger service in 2016. An opening date has not yet been determined.
“Completing the Foothill Gold Line on-time, on-budget to Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa took an exceptional partnership,” stated Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian as he recognized those in attendance that played key roles on the project. “We are thankful for the local leaders who lobbied and rallied for this project, and partnered with us to plan a project that would transform communities for generations to come.”
Dozens of local officials were in attendance at the dedication. Speakers included U.S. Representative Judy Chu; State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez; Metro Board Member and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich; Metro Board First Vice Chair and Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board Member, Duarte City Councilman John Fasana; and Foothill Gold Line Board Chairman Doug Tessitor. The CEOs of the Foothill Gold Line, Habib F. Balian, and Metro, Phil Washington, were also in attendance and spoke of the historic occasion. Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic welcomed everyone to the dedication and served as the event’s emcee.
“Many of you probably know that railroads have played an important role in the history of our city,” stated Mayor Kovacic during his welcome remarks. “Trains brought people who settled here and others who came to partake in our Racetrack. Today, we celebrate the rebirth of rail in Arcadia and the important changes it will bring to our downtown.”
The Arcadia Station is located in the heart of downtown Arcadia, at the intersection of First Avenue and Santa Clara Street. Fully revealed to the public for the first time at the dedication, the station features unique artwork created by local public artist Michael Davis. The artwork, titled “Arcadian Zephyr,” is inspired by natural and designed elements from two of the City of Arcadia’s major destinations: the racetrack at Santa Anita Park and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The end results include a 22-foot-tall weathervane with bronze sculptures that reference plants and animals from the Arboretum and racetrack; stainless steel panels featuring galloping racehorses in a tribute to the landmark frieze panels at Santa Anita Park; sandblasted black granite and signature green painted benches with a lucky number ‘7’ hidden in the framework; and, in a tribute to the City’s famous symbol and bird, a glass canopy designed after the eye of a peacock feather.
For more information on and images of the station, station art and today’s dedication, please visit http://www.foothillgoldline.org/news/media-resources/.