The new video comes from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency charged with planning and building the rail extension between Azusa and Montclair. The line, as planned, includes stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair and is envisioned as a good transit alternative to the chronically constipated 210 freeway.
Attentive Source readers know there are some caveats here. This is a priority project in Metro’s current long-range plan but is not funded. Metro’s half-cent sales tax ballot measure going to voters this fall does have money for the project, but obviously that’s no sure thing. Otherwise, Metro would need to find different sources to build the project.
Another caveat: Montclair is in San Bernardino County, meaning that the project would only go beyond Claremont with a financial contribution from San Bernardino County. Montclair is considered a key destination because of the city’s transit center and the available parking near a potential train station there.
The Construction Authority built the Gold Line between Pasadena and Azusa in two phases and then handed them over to Metro for operation. The route to Claremont and Montclair would, like the existing Gold Line, be built alongside a freight railroad.