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. The dedication for Irwindale Station was held on Friday.
The station is located south of the 210 Freeway and east of Irwindale Avenue on the north side of a vast industrial zone in Irwindale. The station is accessed via a new private street at Irwindale Avenue and Adelante Street. Freight trains will continue to run on a separate track that is adjacent to the new Gold Line tracks. There is parking for 350 vehicles also available.
The 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line will extend tracks from the current Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. The new stations will be located in downtown Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, downtown Azusa and a second Azusa station adjacent to the Rosedale development, Citrus College and Azusa Pacific University. The project is funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.
The Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction 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 a planned opening in 2016. Before you ask: we don’t have an exact date yet!
The dedication for the Monrovia Station will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. and the dedication of the Azusa stations will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at the downtown station. The ceremonies are open to the public: more info here.
Below is the station dedication program:
And here is a video about the artwork at the Irwindale Station: