Attentive Source readers will recall that a construction contract was signed earlier this month to build the Gold Line extension from its current terminus in Azusa to Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona with an option to continue to Claremont and Montclair (if funding can be secured).
The above video from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority explains how the project will be built. The Construction Authority is an independent agency that is building the project. When done, the project will be handed over to Metro, which will operate the line.
Utility relocations are already underway on the line. Major construction is expected to begin in 2020 with the first step shifting the existing freight track so the right-of-way can also accommodate two light rail tracks. The project to Pomona is expected to be completed in 2025.
This will be a nice addition to the Metro system because it will allow for a transfer between the Gold Line and Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line at the Pomona Station. That will provide a rail link between the Inland Empire and Foothill Corridor cities in the San Gabriel Valley– and will be desperately-needed transit alternative to the bottomless pit of despair that is the 210 freeway at peak hours.
The project is largely funded by Measure M, the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 2016.