Engineering work is, of course, not sexy by definition. The significance of the announcement by the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority is that getting the engineering done to this point allows the project to potentially take the next step toward being put out to bid.
Of course, this comes with the usual caveat: The $1.2-billion project is currently unfunded. Metro’s Measure M sales tax ballot measure would supply most of the funds to get from Azusa to Claremont with a funding contribution from San Bernardino County needed to reach Montclair. If the Measure M fails, another funding source would need to be found.
A few details from the news release and the Construction Authority:
•The $1.2-billion project would extend the Gold Line for 12.3 miles from Azusa to Montclair.
•There will be a fourfold increase in parking. The parking totals for each station: Glendora (420 spaces); San Dimas (450 spaces); La Verne (600 spaces); Pomona (980 spaces); Claremont (1,260 spaces); Montclair (1,600 spaces).
•The train will have 24 street level crossings and 24 bridges over streets.
•All stations will have center platforms.
•There will be fare gates at all stations.
•Here are station location maps/diagrams:
Measure M would raise the countywide sales tax by a half cent and continue the Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond its mid-2039 expiration date to fund a number of transit, highway, local street, walking and biking projects and programs. Click here to learn more about the ballot measure, also known as the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan.
The Construction Authority is an independent agency set up by the state to plan and build the project. Once complete, it would be handed over to Metro for operation.