Metro on Wednesday said it will open all six new Gold Line Stations on March 5 while helping with some mitigations to help customers reach the APU/Citrus College Station in Azusa.
The city of Azusa, Azusa Pacific University and the Rosedale residential development recently asked Metro to delay the opening of the station by four months. The issue: an extension of Citrus Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to the station and its parking garage had not yet been completed by Rosedale, leading to concerns about too much car traffic instead using streets through Rosedale to get to the station.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune wrote about the issue earlier this week.
In a response to the request, Metro Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas said that Metro and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority — the agency that built the project — will hire a traffic engineering firm to determine if there are other enhancements that can be made until the Citrus Avenue extension is finished. Ridley-Thomas also offered to use Metro safety ambassadors to help assist motorists and pedestrians trying to reach the new station.
The Construction Authority will also run a bus shuttle connecting the college and university with the APU/Citrus College Station during school hours as another key mitigation.
Here is the letter from Ridley-Thomas followed by the letters from Azusa, APU and Rosedale: